A driver from Pune lost control of his car because of the foggy conditions on the highway on a bridge in Dahanu and fell from a height of 35 foot, into the river on Monday dawn. The driver survived without a scratch but the car was destroyed.
The Dahanu police are investigating the case. The driver has blamed the absence of railings on the bridge to have led to the mishap.
Laxman Jagdale, 30, a resident of Dehu Road, Pune, had come to drop his boss off in Dahanu for a wedding. Patel had asked Jagdale to return to Pune as they planned to stay back in Dahanu. The driver drove a black Renault Scala back to Pune, and while crossing the Vadna Ranshet bridge, 18km from Dahanu, he lost control of the car because he could not see properly in the fog, and fell off it. “There were no iron railings,” said Jagdale. “ I don’t know how I survived.”
Jagdale could not contact Patel because of poor network, initially. But after he could, Patel rushed Harbans Singh, a crane operator to haul the car up. “When we reached the spot, it was difficult to put the crane in place, as the area is steep and there was no strong rocky base to park the crane to hoist the car,” said Singh. “It is surprising that Jagdale survived the plunge.”
The Dahanu police have conducted a panchanama of the incident, but no case was registered against Jagdale, as there was no injury.
“We are investigating the case,” said a police official. “We will register a case of accident.”