Zaira Wasim, a child actor who rose to fame after her terrific performance in the Aamir Khan starring Dangal, escaped with her life after the Mahindra Scorpio she was travelling in went out of control and crashed into the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir. 16 year-old Ms. Wasim was travelling in the Scorpio along with a friend.
How did it happen?
The Dangal actress, along with her friend, was travelling in a Mahindra Scorpio that belonged to a local politician. Late on Friday (9th June) night, on Boulevard road, the SUV’s driver lost control of the vehicle. Eyewitness accounts report that the vehicle was speeding before the crash.
The out of control Scorpio jumped the footpath, hit the parapet wall of the Dal lake, and then crashed into it. Locals sprang into action and rescued the occupants of the vehicle including Ms. Wasim. While she was unhurt, her friend is said to have suffered injuries in the crash. The Scorpio was later fished out from the lake.
Over-speeding stands out as one of the biggest causes of accidents in India. Cars behave differently at higher speeds and are very difficult to control. It’s best to stick to speed limits on unpredictable Indian roads. A lower speed means smaller chances of an accident, and even in case of an accident – bigger chances of survival.
A top-heavy SUV such as the Scorpio needs to be driven with caution, especially at higher speeds where loss of control invariably results in an accident. Unlike smaller cars that sit lower to the ground – where control can be regained – a vehicle such as the Scorpio with its higher center of gravity and weight is hard to bring back into control.