A 35-year-old woman was critically injured when iron rods jutting out of a truck pierced her left shoulder after the autorickhaw she was travelling in crashed into the stationary vehicle on National Highway-24 in early on Saturday morning.
The truck laden with iron rods was parked by the roadside, a perpetual problem motorists face every day in Ghaziabad.
Police had to use iron cutters for over an hour to separatGhaziabade her from the rest of the bar. She was rushed to MMG hospital with a piece of around 5-foot of iron bar still inside her body.
According to the police, the incident took place around 3.30am when 35-year-old Aashma boarded the auto-rickshaw to Vijay Nagar and was seated next to the driver. The vehicle was carrying some goods on the passengers’ seats.
“When the auto reached near the Vijay Nagar bypass police post, the driver crashed into the stationary truck as he could not spot it. Dozens of iron rods pierced the auto and one landed on the shoulder of the victim,” said Kamal Kumar, police constable, who rushed to the spot after receiving a PCR call.
“We rushed and used cutters to remove the hanging iron bars. We did not use gas cutters as it would have heated the iron bar and aggravated the woman’s injuries,” he added.
The woman was bleeding profusely with the 5-foot bar piercing her left shoulder. She was given initial first-aid and rushed to a Delhi hospital. The autorickshaw driver, Sanjay Kumar, also suffered injuries but luckily escaped the hanging iron rods. He too was rushed to Delhi along with the victim.
“Aashma was operated upon and the rod was successfully taken out. The iron bar was around 30cm in width and led the woman to bleed profusely. She is recovering after the surgery and is still under medical care,” Vijay Nagar station house officer Hari Dayal Yadav said.
Till late on Saturday evening, the police could not trace the erring truck driver or the owner of the vehicle. “We are trying to trace him and book him for negligence,” police said.
According to official statistics of Ghaziabad traffic police (2010 to 2014), an average of 978 accidents take place annually on the city roads. The accidents have left around 734 persons injured and another 450 dead, as an annual average, from 2010 to 2014.