Trapped under a PMPML bus, 19-year-old Ashwin Doshi who survived Friday’s PMPML bus accident had called his father on his mobile phone and informed him that he was stuck under the bus.
“Papa, I am stuck under a bus. I can’t see anything nor can I come out. I am badly injured,” Ashwin told his father Ajit Doshi over phone. The call, lasting seconds, numbed Ajit Doshi who was attending a family function in Solapur.
“I was terrified. I didn’t know what to do. But even in that condition I was relieved that Ashwin was alive and was good enough to speak. I called up my relatives and friends in Pune who rushed to the accident spot,” says the 45-year-old. Much before friends and relatives could reach to help, passers-by had risen to the occasion. The crowd of about 50 to 70 people lifted the bus and pulled out Ashwin and his friend Siddharth Dudhu.
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Speaking to The Indian Express on Wednesday, Ashwin, who is being treated for multiple fractures, torn ligaments and other injuries, said, “Siddharth and I were on our way on my scooter to Chhotu Kolhapuri restaurant to have snacks. I was riding the bike and stopped at Dnyaneshwar Paduka chowk at the red signal. I don’t remember now, but after a few minutes something terrible happened. The next thing I remember was I opened my eyes and was underneath a bus. The right side of my body was crushed and a fast rotating axle was menacingly staring at me in the face. On an impulse I removed my mobile from my pocket with the left hand and called my father. I don’t remember what I told him. After four-five minutes we were pulled out by people,” said Ashwin, who is having trouble speaking due to weakness caused by multiple injuries, blood loss and post-surgery symptoms.
Ashwin said that unlike his friend Siddharth who was unconscious, he could walk when he was rescued. “There was a sea of onlookers outside. They gave me some water. Then I took an autorickshaw and asked the driver to take me to a hospital. Till then I didn’t know how badly I was injured,” he said.
They were under the bus for 10 minutes before they were pulled out. Ashwin, a second year engineering student of VIT College, and Siddharth, a BCom student at Modern College, stay at Seth Hirachand Nemchand Digamber Jain Boarding at the Model Colony. Siddharth has been shifted to a hospital in Solapur.