Chaura Maidan Car Accident: Over-speed kills 1, leaves 2 critically injured
The Boileauganj to Vidhan Sabha road is a restricted one and the speed limit is 20 km/h, but the car was way far above this speed limit. That makes it a case of disobedience to the traffic laws and carelessness, which ended with fatal consequences.
SHIMLA – Yesterday, in a fatal road accident at Chaura Maidan in Shimla city, a Wagon R car (HP-03C-1516) carrying three men rolled down the hill into the premises of a building, a property of nearby Cecil Hotel. The deceased is identified as Vikas, who was an employee at HP University. Two others in the car sustained serious injuries and were taken to IGMC. The accident took place around 5 PM in the evening.
The car was heading towards Shimla from Summerhill when the driver lost control, steered towards the edge of the road, hit a motorbike and the safety railings. The impact pulled off the railings from the ground and rolled down the hill. Some other people standing at the adjoining tea-stall cum shop were also hurt as the bike and the railings landed over them.
According the shopkeeper, who owns the adjoining shop, the car was in a high speed and there were no distraction of obstructions of any kind when suddenly the car lost control.
The car had more than sufficient space on the wide Chaura Maidan road and the driver wasn’t drunk according to the eyewitnesses. The only reason that caused the accident appeared to be over-speeding. However, the official information regarding the cause isn’t available yet.
As a matter of fact, the Boileauganj to Vidhan Sabha road is a restricted one and the speed limit is 20 km/h, but the car was way far above this speed limit. That makes it a case of disobedience to traffic laws and carelessness, which resulted in fatal consequences. It’s also true that no one obeys the speed limit rule on this very restricted Shimla road. Rather, the straight and wide space tempts drivers to speed up. Forgive us if there is some rare, obedient citizen who follows it.
It isn’t that Shimla Traffic Police isn’t aware of it, but still, it need to spend a day at Chaura Maidan. We are quite certain that most of the vehicles would qualify to be issued a ticket for over speeding.
Also, on the same day, another road accident at Mehali in Shimla killed one person and injured four others as a 407 tempo trucks smashed a pick-up. The cause was reported to be the same; over-speeding. The deceased was identified as Ashok Kumar (34), a resident of Shimla.