May 11, 2009 2:29:21 am
In what could have been a major tragedy,five persons had a narrow escape when a Delhi Metro crane weighing over 400 tonnes fell on the car they were travelling in on Saturday night.
According to the police,the incident occurred around 10.10 pm last night at a Metro construction site just outside Kothi number 3 at Jor Bagh in Lodhi Colony area of South Delhi. The passengers of the Honda Civic car,four members of a family,were returning to their Aya Nagar residence from Connaught Place,along with the driver.
We got a call from the owner of the car,Shashi Dharan,that a crane had fallen on their car and assistance was sought, police officers said. No one was injured in the incident.
Speaking to Newsline,Shashi Dharan,the managing director of a company,Bharat Exhibitions,said,We were returning to our house around 10.10 pm when a crane weighing over 400 tonnes fell on the backside of our car. We were fortunate that there was a footpath at the side of the road,due to which the crane stopped within inches of falling and smashing the car completely.
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Dharan added that as soon as the crane fell,the entire Metro staff present at the site fled from the spot. I called out to them,asking for help. But no one came to our rescue. I had to help myself and my family out of the car and then made a PCR call.
When asked whether Delhi Metro officials had contacted them,Dharan said,They called me up and said they want to send us flowers.
A case under Section 336 (negligence) was registered against unknown persons at the Lodhi Colony police station and further probe is on.
We are investigating and will take action against those found to be responsible, said police officers.
When contacted,Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson Anuj Dayal said,The crane fell on the car and damaged its rear windshield,roof and bonnet. We accept our fault and will ensure the losses suffered by the family are covered. We will also penalise the contractor,CEC Soma.
Dayal added that prima facie,it appears to be the fault of the crane driver who could not handle the crane properly. However,further inquiry is on to know the exact cause of the incident. Work has been restored at the site,DMRC officials added.
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