Thursday saw another instance where an overloaded auto-rickshaw carrying schoolchildren met with an accident,injuring six of its occupants. All the children are students of KB DAV,Sector 7,and residents of Bapu Dham Colony. The auto rickshaw was reported to be carrying nine children at the time of accident.
Shamama (8),a Class II student sitting on the side of the auto,was referred to PGIMER after a part of her ear was severed. She will require surgery. The five students who were discharged from GMSH-16 after primary treatment have been identified as Mohd Akmal (6),Shifar(8),Nandni (9),Kaushalya (8) and Haider (6).
The incident took place near St Kabir School in the morning,when the auto-rickshaw was taking the children from Bapu Dham to their school. A Tata Aria driven by Sector 28 resident Vinod Aggarwal hit the auto while the latter was negotiating a turn. The impact led to the auto hitting a motorcycle in front of it and both the bike and the auto rammed into the divider,resulting in the occupants falling out.
Sukwinder,the motorcycle rider,was returning from IT Park when the auto hit his bike. The auto driver (Manoj) and I picked the children up from the ground, he told Newsline. Shamama was lying under the partially overturned auto. A part of her ear had been detached and was lying on the ground. My hands were covered with blood and I had to wash them with petrol leaking out of my damaged bike.
The police said that they impounded the vehicles involved in the accident. Vinod is reported to be a businessman and has been booked for rash driving and endangering the safety of others. A case has been registered at the Sector 26 police station.