It was nothing less than a miracle that saved the lives of a mother and her two children, involved in a road accident. However, it left a senior police officer injured when she tried to rescue the trio.
According to police, the incident happened around 12.30 am when 35-year-old Prachi Bhatnagar was returning to her K-Block, Sarita Vihar home with her sons, Shaurya, 2, and Aditya, 8, in a car.
While Aditya was in the front passenger seat, Shaurya was in the rear seat.
“As Bhatnagar took the u-turn on Jasola red light on Road number-13, she reportedly lost control. A container truck that was on the opposite road hit the car from the side. The truck driver also lost his balance and hit the divider as well. The truck had by then dragged the car for almost 50 metres. Almost half of the car was ripped open in the accident,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Even as the driver of the truck fled from the spot, a bystander called the police.
Other motorists rushed to the spot to rescue Bhatnagar and her kids. “They broke open the car’s windowpanes and took the boys out. However, Prachi was stuck in the front of the car and was not able to move,” said the officer.
By then, a police team had reached the spot. It included assistant commissioner of police, Lajpat Nagar, Meghna Yadav., who called a crane and a hydraulic cutter to remove the container from the top of the car and to cut open the body of car, to rescue Prachi.
However, when the crane was lifting the container, the operator did not notice Yadav, who was reportedly standing close to it.
“The hook of the crane hit her in the right leg and she started bleeding,” said O P Mishra, additional deputy commissioner of police (southeast). Yadav was rushed to Apollo Hospital.
“She is still in the ICU but is fine now,” said Yadav’s husband Seju P Kuruvila, who is also the assistant commissioner of police (Connaught Place).
To rescue Bhatnagar, mechanics cautiously cut open the body of car from the top, the front and the left.
“Although Bhatnagar did not receive any major injury, she is in a state of shock,” added the officer.