Chandigarh car crash: Probe stuck in absence of mechanical survey

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2015 10:23 IST
The mangled car after the crash, at the Sector-11 police station in Chandigarh. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

After the accident that claimed three young lives on the Nayagaon-Khuda Ali Sher road on Saturday night, no mechanical expert has yet inspected the Honda City car in order to ascertain how it rammed into a tree before getting tossed into the air.

A mechanical expert can find the vehicle’s speed at the time of impact or look for any defects in the road that led to the accident . Investigating officer (IO) Narinder Singh said that a mechanical expert would be called in after handing over the victims’ bodies to their families. He said pictures taken of the mangled vehicle failed to throw any light on how the accident took place.

Cops, meanwhile, are clueless about whether the driver lost control of the car because of a tyre burst or some other reason. The IO said it appeared that the car was being driven at a high speed and the driver could not negotiate a blind turn, leading to the accident. He said the rear tyre of the car got burst, but it could not have had any impact on the series of events. Only if the front tyre had burst, it could have made the driver lose control of the vehicle.

Narinder Singh said it was not yet clear whether the tyre burst before the vehicle was tossed into the air or because of pressure after it happened. He said all this was part of the investigation and would become clear after the mechanical survey of the vehicle.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill said that the department had posted a mechanical expert in every sub-division besides roping in experts of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking for the mechanical survey of vehicles damaged in accidents. Gill said the department also took technical assistance from Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Sector 36, when cops failed to assess various angles in the case.

A police official, seeking anonymity, said that in accident cases, the mechanical survey of the vehicle was being conducted as a mere formality. He said the “so-called” mechanical expert (a cop who has undergone a shorttime course) could only tell about the damage to parts of the vehicle, and could not find out minute details like forensic experts.

The cop said that as the speedometer of the car had its needle on ‘zero’, it necessitated seeking technical help from the CFSL experts. He said a preventive action, such as constructing a speed bump or setting up a warning sign, could be taken only after finding the reason behind the accident.

One injured youth still critical

The accident claimed lives of Karan Sharma, 19, Anish Garg, 18, and Chinmay Walia, 18, while leaving Aditya, 18, and Gaurav, 17, injured. Aditya, a student of Chitkara University, is on ventilator at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.

Police said his condition was critical and had shown no improvement since the accident. Meanwhile, Gaurav, who is admitted at Fortis Hospital, is reported to be recovering.

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