He even called a press conference. That was abruptly cancelled, no reasons given.
Turns out, the truck's owner is a BJP supporter and the brother of a local party leader. The driver, say the police, was transporting food items and was talking on the phone when he allegedly missed a turn and tried to take another turn from the wrong side.
The truck driver was arrested the same night from the Haveri district, where the incident took place around 11.30 pm.
It was an incident tailormade for election season sparring. Unfortunately for the minister, who is familiar to controversies, this one was still-born.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's posts on Mr Hegde were less than charitable. "Minor accident" is what he threw at the firebrand minister.
State home minister Ramalinga Reddy said the way Mr Hegde had "jumped to a conclusion smacked of political opportunism".
There is a leadership crisis in Karnataka BJP. People like Anant Kumar Hegde & Pratap Simha are struggling to overshadow their CM candidate B S Yeddyurappa. That is why Hegde is using a minor accident to become politically relevant & sideline Yeddyurappa. https://t.co/Qq6b0RQjSl- Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 18, 2018