The horrific accident on the Zirakpur flyover on February 6 has claimed its third victim. The auto-rickshaw driver, who ironically, was on his side of the median, succumbed to injuries at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, on Monday.
A Pajero and a Hyundai i20 had collided, crossed the median, and rammed into the auto-rickshaw, being driven by Amit Kumar, 32. Amit had suffered multiple fractures in the spine and had been paralysed for life, neck downwards.
Pajero driver, Class-11 student Mankirat Singh and another college student Bhupinder Singh Thapa were killed on the spot.
FIR mentions 16-year-old
The first-information report (FIR) states that a Sikh youth, 16, was driving the i20 (registration No. HP 03 D 2538) at high speed.
The FIR also mentions that as the vehicle was being driven at high speed, it lost control and hit the Pajero (CH 04 E 0067).
This led the Pajero to ram into an electric pole and finally hit an auto-rickshaw, motorcycle and another i20 on the other side of the median.
Police investigation heading nowhere
Even after the death of three people in the accident, the police investigation is yet to pick up pace. The department is yet to record the statement of the 16-year-old, who has been identified as the driver of the i20.
Investigation officer Hans Raj said, “I am not aware of where the teenager driving the i20 is admitted for treatment. His statement has not been recorded.”
HT has also learnt that an analysis of the vehicles and the accident spot was also carried out by a roadside mechanic, while rules mandate that a mechanical expert needed to be called in serious cases.
To identify which vehicle’s driver was at fault, a logical scientific study is needed to be carried out.
The police also admitted that their mechanic Bodha Singh was not an expert and only commented on the damage.
However, officials could not provide a satisfactory answer when such an expert would be hired, if at all.
Surinder Bahga, an architect based in Sector 17, said the flyover median had very low height as any vehicle could cross it, so the height needed to be increased.
Former principal of Chandigarh College of Architecture Dr SS Bhatti said the design of the flyover was also faulty and a multi-level flyover was needed at the junction.
“The junction is an invitation to chaos and will become a fatal point in the future,” he added.
However, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) project director OP Mathur said the median height had been certified by the authority, but studies are being car-ried out to improve the infrastructure.
SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said he would meet the NHAI authorities and the civil officers, so that remedial measures could be taken.