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He told his family he was safe,then the cranes crashed

His back to the Metro construction accident site in Zamrudpur,45-year-old Kedar Singh spoke to his family in Bihar’s Champaran village on the phone on Monday morning.

His back to the Metro construction accident site in Zamrudpur,45-year-old Kedar Singh spoke to his family in Bihar’s Champaran village on the phone on Monday morning. He assured them he was safe and had escaped the Sunday accident unscathed.

Singh had barely put the phone down when he heard the three cranes crash. “I looked up and all I saw was dust and chunks of plaster flying in the air. I tried to get out of the way,but I fell down as a stampede ensued,” said Singh,who limped out of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Trauma Centre later on Monday.

The Sunday morning disaster,which claimed six lives,was followed by three cranes crashing today as they tried to remove the girder that had collapsed yesterday. Five workers were injured in Monday’s mishap.

All the five injured were treated for minor injuries in AIIMS and discharged by Monday evening.

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Singh,however,was admitted to Moolchand Hospital later when he complained of pain in his arms and legs. “They (AIIMS) didn’t treat him well. After he came back he was in pain. Then we called the company and they took him to the (Moolchand) hospital,” Surendar Singh,Kedar’s brother,said.

Surendar also works for Gammon India and is wondering if they will get any further help from the company or the government. “We have not been told anything. I read in the newspapers that Rs 50,000 will be given to injured,I don’t know if Kedar will qualify. We don’t even have contract papers,” he said.

Meanwhile,of the 15 patients brought to AIIMS after yesterday’s accident,four are still under observation.

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According to hospital sources 32-year-old Amar Singh,from Bihar,is in the Intensive Care Unit,while three others have been shifted to the ward. Singh has internal hemorrhage and a pelvic fracture and his condition was stated as serious by Trauma Centre spokesperson Nirmal Thakur. The other three injured — Amarnath,Anil Yadav and Amar Nath — were said to be in stable condition.

While 15 patients were rushed to AIIMS on Sunday,one injured was admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital and two were taken to the Moolchand Hospital. Both Safdarjung and Moolchand hospitals discharged the patients on Sunday.

The five that were injured today include Kedar Singh,45,from Bihar,Atiq-ur-Rehman,25,a junior engineer and resident of Okhla,Satnam Singh,35,from Hoshiarpur in Punjab,Tarvinder Singh,23,a Shalimar Bagh resident,and Manish Dutta,45.

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The AIIMS Trauma Centre Medical Superintendent,meanwhile,said the hospital was prepared for emergency situations.

First published on: 14-07-2009 at 01:48:26 am
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