Kolkata: Three students hit by speeding ambulance

The students were identified as Rishab Agarwal, Lavnish Choudhury and Sharangsh Bholatia.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:October 26, 2016 2:26 am

Three school students were injured when a speeding ambulance hit them while they were standing on a footpath at Bangur Avenue on VIP Road early Tuesday morning.

The students were identified as Rishab Agarwal, Lavnish Choudhury and Sharangsh Bholatia. While Rishab and Lavnish are Class X students, Sharangsh studies in Class XI of St Xaviers school. Eyewitnesses said the boys had been waiting for a bus to go to school when the ambulance hit them.

The three boys fell on the road while the driver of the ambulance tried to speed away, injuring a pedestrian in the process. The students were immediately taken to ILS hospital, where hospital sources said the students were traumatised by the incident. While Lavnish was discharged in the evening, the other two students are still undergoing treatment. The pedestrian was taken to R G Kar Hospital, but was discharged soon afterwards.

Police said initial investigation shows that the ambulance was coming from Barasat North-24 Parganas, and had been headed towards Shyambazar in North Kolkata. Driving at a high speed, the driver took the turn towards Shyambazar road and somehow lost control.

“The driver Mohammed Ali (40) has been arrested,” said a police officer, who denied a theory by locals that the driver was drunk, saying, “Our investigation so far says the driver wasn’t drunk.”

“I am really annoyed, it’s not just about rash driving. We hardly see any footpath left for pedestrians to stand on. Especially during the morning hours, footpaths are totally captured by illegal parking. Police must intervene and stop people from parking vehicles on the footpaths,” Rajesh Agarwal, father of Rishab, told The Indian Express. According to local residents, vehicles usually drive at a very high speed during morning hours.

“I am really scared. This could have been a fatal accident. I believe people must obey safety rules while driving. We want stern action against the driver of the ambulance,” said Arti Lodha a local resident. Post the incident, Bidhannagar MLA Sujit Bose visited the area and assured locals that the police would soon take stern action against illegal parking.




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    Gaurav Ghosh
    Oct 26, 2016 at 11:34 am
    Kolkata is an amazing city.lt;br/gt;*********************************lt;br/gt;gt; Here Pedestrians do not have footpaths to walk as they are occupied by Hawkers who make permanant structures.lt;br/gt;gt; Busses do not stand @Bus-stands. Anyone and raise thir hand and the bus stops to pick them.lt;br/gt;gt; Auto rickshaws occupy 50% of roads @crossings but the Kolkata Traffic Police do not take any action against them.lt;br/gt;gt; Garbage is thrown all around. The scene has not changed even after paying Swatch-Bharat-Cess.lt;br/gt;gt; The world is working for reducing Carbon-Foot-Print but Kolkata chose to erect Trident-Lights which seldom illuminate the streets. Even the Modi government is promoting the concept of power saving but who cares in Kolkata?lt;br/gt;gt; In the age of Underground cables and wireless connectivity, the street lights have numerous wires and cables connected. I suppose this is also a part of City Beautification!!!lt;br/gt;gt; @Kolkata, the ruling party says that they are for the poor and with the poor but when thier kins need medical treatment, they rush to Belle Vue and Appollo!!!lt;br/gt;gt; Few months back, a teenager died because he touched the live wires from a Trident Light. Have you noticed recently? The diwali lights are coming up and the same Trident Lights have their junction-box-shetters open. Maybe after a few days another incident might occur. Then the CESC / KMC / KMDA would play blame-game and the agrieved would finally get silenced.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Time will fly by. Kolkatans would celebrate Durga Puja, Lakshmi Puja, Kali Puja, Christmas, Sarswati Puja and shout "Ashche Bachor Abar Hobe".