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2 die in sealink crash

mumbai Updated: Dec 09, 2009 02:28 IST
HT Correspondent

The first fatal accident on the Bandra-Worli sealink killed two people, a 14-year-old boy on his way to school, and a 40-year-old man, on Tuesday, and left another man critically injured.

And the one closed-circuit camera that recorded the accident was knocked down by the speeding car and thrown into the sea below. It was recovered but contained images that are not clear enough.

Around 8.15 am on Tuesday, Brijesh Singh (40), who was driving a Skoda Fabia lost control of the vehicle, hit the divider and crashed into an oncoming taxi before turning turtle twice. Singh was driving Walkeshwar resident Ojas Mehta (14) to school. The taxi was being driven by Rajkumar Sharma (36), with a passenger identified as Sitaram Mathur (32).

While Mathur, a Dombivli resident, was declared dead when he was brought into Bhabha Hospital, Bandra, Mehta, who was admitted to the ICU at Bandra’s Lilavati Hospital, died in the evening. Singh, also admitted to Lilavati, is in a critical condition; Sharma is in Bhabha Hospital with a fractured hand.

The car [Skoda] was travelling from Worli towards Bandra, with the taxi headed the other way. The police said Singh reached the sealink, picked up speed and lost control.

“The Skoda spun, hit a pole supporting a closed-circuit camera, and knocked it down. The pole absorbed much of the impact, otherwise the Skoda would have fallen into the sea,” said K.M.M. Prasanna, deputy commissioner of police (zone IX).

Sharma said: “I picked up Mathur from Andheri. On the sealink, the speeding Skoda driver lost control. Before I could react, he crashed into my taxi, which spun several times due to the impact.”

“I had bought the taxi, a Maruti Wagon R, on October 24. Now, what’s left of it can only be sold as scrap,” Sharma added.

The impact was reportedly so strong that Mathur, who worked as a cashier at Breach Candy Hospital, was thrown headlong into the taxi’s front windshield, breaking it and sustaining severe head injuries.

“Mathur’s body was sent to Cooper Hospital for a post-mortem,” said Assistant Police Inspector A.R. Mulani of Bandra police station, where a case of rash and negligent driving has been registered against Singh. Mehta’s body was also sent to Cooper Hospital for a post-mortem.

Sanjay Barwe, joint commissioner of police (traffic) could not be reached for comment.