Students injured in Panchgani mishap now out of danger

The four Powai school girls who were injured on Wednesday after their horse cart fell in a valley in Panchagani were said to be out of danger.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: March 16, 2012 12:51 am

The four Powai school girls who were injured on Wednesday after their horse cart fell in a valley in Panchagani were said to be out of danger. Two of them had to undergo surgeries at a hospital in Pune. One student had died in the mishap. The Satara police have registered an offence against the driver and the owner of the cart.

The mishap took taken place when five girls from Gopal Sharma Memorial High School in Powai were taking a ride on a horse cart that fell into the 200-foot deep valley when the horse went out of control. Tanushree Hegde (13) died in the mishap. Four injured girls – Meghana Chaudhary,Siddhi Pujari,Harshada Patel and Wani Sachdev – were brought to Ruby Hall Hospital in Pune for treatment.

Dr Sujata Malik,medical superintendent at Ruby Hall Hospital,said,“All the four girls are out of danger and have been kept under observation. Some of them require surgery.” Meghana;s father Umesh Chaudhary said,“She (Meghana) has been kept under observation. You should ask the school authorities about the accidents.”

Dr Kapil Zirpe,in-charge of the ICU,said,“One of the girls,Siddhi,has a fracture in the right collar bone and is still in the paediatric ICU and needs to be observed very closely for injuries. The jerk has caused trauma to Meghana’s liver which we are observing too. Her other injuries are not very serious. Both Wani and Harshada have fractures in femurs and have already undergone surgeries and are stable.”

Immediately after the accident,the Satara police arrested cart driver Nilesh Kale. K M M Prasanna,Satara superintendent of police,said,“We have arrested the driver and have also booked the owner of the cart for negligent driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.”

When asked about licencing procedure,Prasanna said,“The municipality is the authority to issue licences. So it is the municipality that should monitor and be responsible for safety measures.

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