Dense fog claimed yet another life when a 21-year-old man was killed after his car rammed into a road divider due to poor visibility in Cantt area in the wee hours of Saturday. His friend was also critically injured in the accident and is undergoing treatment in a private hospital.
District police spokesman, Alok Pathak said the youth Sahil Kumar Saagwal, a resident of Vrindavan colony, was killed while his friend Ubeid was injured when they were returning from a party around 2 am. Saagwal was driving the car and was going to drop Ubeid at his Alambagh residence when his car climbed the divider near Atal intersection and rammed into a tree before turning upside down. “The fog was very dense during the wee hours and the visibility was also very poor. The driver failed to spot the divider and climbed up on it,” he said.
Pathak said Saagwal suffered serious head injury and was rushed to Command Hospital, where he succumbed during treatment. He worked in a cloth showroom in Gomti Nagar and was unmarried.
This is the sixth death caused by an accident due to poor visibility in the past nine days here. Earlier, grocery trader Abhishek Shukla, 35, and his mother Urmila Shukla were killed when a speeding truck rammed into their car on the Lucknow-Kanpur highway in Sarojininagar on December 22. Abhishek’s father Mahadev Prasad Shukla was also critically injured in the accident.
Forty five-year-old Mata Prasad was also killed after being hit by a speeding truck on Lucknow-Kanpur highway on December 21. In the third incident, motorcyclist Deepak Sharma, 35, was killed while his friend Deepu was critically injured after being hit by a truck on the Lucknow-Rae Bareli highway in Mohanlalganj on December 20 while another motorcyclist Raj Bahadur Rawat, 39, was killed after he was hit by an unidentified vehicle on Rae Bareli road on December 19.