Eight persons, including chief engineer, an executive engineer of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation and five engineering students, were injured in a road mishap near a dhaba at Bhagomajra near Kharar on Tuesday noon. The Maruti Zen car of the engineering students collided head-on with the official car of MC chief engineer before touching the vehicle of Chandigarh finance secretary, which was in tow.
Those injured have been identified as MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand, executive engineer Sham Lal, Murgan (driver) and five engineering students of Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology, Kharar — Harsimrat Singh, Kunal, Amanpreet Singh, Pawandeep Singh and Parveen Kumar.
Critically injured, Anand, Sham Lal, Murgan, Harsimrat, Parveen and Kunal were rushed to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and were undergoing treatment at the Advanced Trauma Centre there, while Amanpreet and Pawandeep were admitted to civil hospital, Kharar.
The MC officials, along with UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev, finance secretary Sarvjeet Singh, and Chandigarh mayor Poonam Sharma, were on their way to inspect Kajauli water works near Morinda. They were to visit the site from where the pipes for the supply of 40MGD water to Chandigarh was to be laid.
The accident took place at about noon near when a speeding Maruti Zen (CH 03 N 0518) occupied by the engineering students hit the MC officials Ambassador car (Ch 01 GA 0101) head on. After hitting the Ambassador car, the Zen collided with the official vehicle, Toyota Corolla (CH 01G 0007), of UT finance secretary before coming to a halt. The Zen car was reportedly being driven driven by Pawandeep. The engine of the Zen car tumbled out of the vehicle, pointing towards the impact of the collision.
UT adviser’s vehicle was ahead of the MC vehicle, while those of mayor’s and finance secretary were in tow.
10 deaths since January on this stretch
The road on which the accident took place is prone to mishaps as despite being it a single lane, commuters drive at high speed. As per the records, since January this year, about 20 accidents took place on the stretch — Khanpur Chowk to Mankhedi village — in which 10 lives, mostly youngsters, were lost.
Mayor acts as good Samaritan
Mayor Poonam Sharma brought two most critical persons — chief engineer Mukesh Anand and Parveen — in an escort vehicle to the PGIMER about 12.30pm.
Minutes after, her personal security officer Mandeep ferried executive engineer Sham Lal and Murgan to the hospital. Engineering students Harsimrat (19) and Kunal (19) were next who were brought to the PGI.
Mayor said, “I did not know that our people (MC officers) have met with an accident. It was only when I reached the spot that I found chief engineer Mukesh Anand lying in pool of blood, besides others. I asked my driver not to waste a second and rush the injured to PGIMER.”
“Anand had a head injury. Throughout the journey up to the PGI, I made sure he didn’t lose consciousness. I kept talking to him,” she said.
The mayor also made calls to the Chandigarh Police to ensure that the route is clear so that the injured can be rushed to the hospital on time. She also informed the PGIMER administration to make arrangements.
The injured and their condition
1. Mukesh Anand, 52, (superficial head injury, broken thighbones of both legs)
2. Sham Lal, 55, (Thigh bone fracture)
3. Murgan, 45, (injury in the chest and head)
4. Parveen, 19, (head injury)
5. Harsimran, 19, (head injury)
6. Kunal, 19, (head injury, collar bone fracture)