A truck careened out of control and crashed into the side of a new animation school on the outskirts of Mumbai this past Tuesday. Miraculously, all 2700 students enrolled in a 6-week character animation immersion program escaped unharmed. Damage to the facility was extensive, as falling debris from a collapsed wall destroyed all five of the school’s computer workstations and several stacks of Richard Williams’ Animators Survival Guide.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The unidentified driver of the truck claims he was trying to avoid a pushcart that had rolled into the street, causing him to swerve and lose control. According to witnesses, the pushcart was filled with pencils and erasers being offloaded from a delivery van parked in front of the building. An ox wandering in the area reportedly knocked into the pushcart while the delivery man was inside the van. Authorities say it’s too early to tell whether or not the owner of the ox will be cited.
School officials refused requests for comment. Several students questioned remarked that they were told the school would be back up and running within 24 hours. They claimed the damaged computers were used for accounting and not classroom instruction, and that 3500 additional Xeroxed copies of the Williams book were safely stored in a shed behind the building.