High-speeds inside the city limits can be extremely dangerous. A horrific accident between a Tata Hexa and an automatic road sweeping truck yet again showed the dangers of speeding on the city roads. Two were left dead from the accident that happened during the wee hours of Sunday.
What happened exactly?
The accident happened at 4:15 AM on Sunday morning. According to the driver of the sweeping machine, the Hexa came at a high speed and hit the truck from the rear. The sweeping machine belonging to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was at an operational speed, which is quite slow, when the accident happened.
Following the impact, the Tata Hexa caught fire on the spot. There were two passengers in the Hexa and one of them got stuck inside the vehicle and was charred to death. The other passenger was shifted to KEM hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The deceased were identified as Sagar Gurnath Gaikwad, a 21-year-old resident from Kalyan who was driving the Hexa. Sachin Subhash Jhagad, 23-year-old, was his co-passenger. Both were travelling to South Mumbai in their car.
The high speed SUV hit the divider after hitting the slow-moving sweeping machine. Mumbai police have commented that the fire was caused because of the sparks from a cable passing through the divider. According to the cops, the Hexa was at a speed of 120 km/h when the collision happened. That’s extremely high speed. The impact of the collision jammed the left door of the vehicle. The locals got Sagar out of the vehicle and took him to the hospital but Sachin remained stuck inside the vehicle.
Even though the sweeping truck had a low-impact crash bar installed at the rear, the extremely high-speed of the Hexa caused the fatal injuries to the occupants.
Dilip Ugale, a senior police inspector of Kalachowky Police Station, said,
Jhagad was sitting on the front seat, besides the driver seat, and was stuck in the car. As Gaikwad was rushed to the hospital and the passersby were attempting to pull out Jhagad, the car caught fire and he died on the spot. The fire brigade was immediately informed and reached the spot but could not save Jhagad. The car was overspeeding such that they could not even judge the sweeping vehicle and rammed it from behind. Due to the impact of the hit, the doors of the car were jammed. We have registered an FIR in the matter.
The police have registered a case against Gaikwad under various sections. Cops have booked Gaikwad under section 304 (A) causing death by negligence, 279 (rash driving on a public way) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code.
Speeding on Indian roads
Speeding at any time of the day is dangerous on Indian roads. High-speed causes the driver to misjudge such obstacles and gives less time to react when stray animals or other vehicles appear on the road suddenly. It is extremely important to maintain speed limits on Indian roads.
Obstacles like the slow-moving sweeping machine are abundant in many cities of India. Such machines use adequate blinkers and signs to warn the fellow road users about the slow movement. Always staying alert and maintaining a slow speed is the key to be safe on Indian roads.