In a freak accident, six houses were damaged after a truck fell over them from atop the Mumbra bypass road in Shivajinagar in Mumbra on Thursday morning. The driver of the truck was seriously injured. However, the residents of the chawl had a lucky escape as most of them were away.
The truck was on its way from Thane to Navi Mumbai when the driver Saheb Singh, 44, a resident of Nagpur, reportedly lost control and fell off the bypass.
A civic official, who did not wish to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media, said: “Eyewitnesses say the driver was trying to save a biker, who was riding in front of the truck. He must have lost his control and slipped off the bypass. He was seriously injured and was rushed to the Thane Civil Hospital.”
The residents of Subhash Chandra Bose chawl escaped unhurt as most of them had gone to their native place or had been away on an errand. Mumbra Bypass road sees many an accidents during the night as well due to lack of street lights. Locals say that such an accident was waiting to happen as there is no boundary fencing or wall along the bypass road.
“I had earlier written to Atlanta Limited, the company that constructed the bypass, to construct railings along the left side of the bypass. In a previous incident, a similar accident involving the container had taken place. Many heavy vehicles from outside the city ply on the bypass. The drivers are mostly drunk and drive at great speed. So, I had asked for speed breakers as well so that the drivers at least maintain the speed limit in the bypass stretch between Mumbra and Kausa,” said local corporator Ashraf Pathan.
Bajirao Ghuge, senior police inspector of Mumbra police station, said: “The driver has been admitted to the hospital. We are yet to take his statement. We are in the process of filing a complaint.”