a mysterious accident!

An auto rickshaw encountered an accident on the West Canal Bank road near the northern Punjab University Underpass at about 5:15pm on Monday.

I was in my department when I heard a bang and I noticed something wrong far on the road. I ran towards the spot and saw an auto rickshaw was standing upside down and a man (the driver) was lying unconsciously on the road. His head was bleeding severely. Fortunately, there were no passengers sitting in it.

The people were gathered and as usual, the traffic was jammed. It was quite unable to bear the sounds coming out of the horns of different kinds of vehicles.

The condition of the injured was serious and instead of calling 1122 (the Rescue team), a person offered to take him to the hospital in his car. (May Allah bless him!)

http://lahore.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/05/Rikshaw%20Overturned-thumb.jpg

I am still confused that how it all happened. Actually we (me & other witnesses) could not find even a single reason that could have possibly created this havoc. There was no speed breaker; no sign of tires on the road and even the road was plane…! Its still a mystery…

Then we all ended with a speculative reason that some vehicle might have made him a ‘side-cut’.
The amazing thing is that even the driver didn’t know what actually happened because when I was holding the injured to lay him in the car, he was asking unconsciously;

“Hoyea kee aey..?” (What actually happened?)

He was also uttering such awful sighs which proved that he was totally hopeless about his life. I tried my best to boost up his morale which made him stop uttering sighs; at least for a moment.

The Registration Book & other documents of the vehicle were sent with him to the hospital and some people pushed the auto to stand straight in right position as there was a possibility of explosion of the gas tank hanging within the vehicle.

Here I have two concerns…

One is the same old discussion about the traffic problems faced on the Canal Road.

Second is a bit thought provoking that; I tried to call 15 (the Police Helpline) from my mobile phone, but remained unsuccessful even after multiple tries, to ask them that what to do with the Rickshaw and its interior/exterior parts. (coz even a tire is worth some thousand rupees.)

But I don’t know, whether we can call 15 through our mobile networks or not. If someone can tell… plz let me know… I have a Warid connection.

6 Comments so far

  1. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

    My friends coming from Isb saw that rikshaw around fajar time, and they explained how horrible that was, and traffic jam. I am not still sure of the time it happened, it must be daytime then, if you were attending class or evening. At that time chance of being rear ended does exist.

    Anyways, calling 15 or someone else is not always a good idea. First step should be to take the injured to hospital as soon as possible. As the person was in trauma, so he was not oriented and was asking ‘hoya ke hai”. but that was a good sign that he did not lose his consciousness. If there is blood loss, which is threatening to life or obvious fracture, you or others should carry the person to hospital immediately but carefully. So volunteer work as a good and responsbile citizen is something to do with at this moment. If 15 was not available, nearest possible police constible could be called upon the site.

    Indeed the person who helped him earned a lot of “sawab”.

    i think we should learn giving first aid, no matter who we are.


  2. binary-zero (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    May Allah bless him.

    man! you may wanna try 112 from your cell phone for reaching police.


  3. Anwar (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

    The only possible causes of overturning like this are the speed and sudden sharp turning.
    Glad he survived.


  4. man! (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 1:31 am

    @ Pretty Simple:
    actually I am the eye witness of this accident..
    your friends may have seen something else..

    and about “15”.. I wrote that the injured was rushed to the hospital immidiately. I actually called later to hand them the rickshaw because I didn’t want anyone to steal its s.parts..


  5. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

    Yes, maybe. Unfotunately, there are lot more accidents happening in a day. I saw one on Ewan e Iqbal yesterday. I hope we will learn to be more careful while driving, safety is in our hands.


  6. man! (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 1:50 am

    :D

    @ PRETTY SIMPLE

    hey..
    the last line of your comment made me laugh..!
    “safety is in our hands.”

    it is not applicable in Pakistan!
    what my observation is that..

    in foreign countries, people drive carefuly so that no one is hit by them..
    but in Pakistan, people drive carefuly so that no one hits them..
    :D

    actually I’ve some personal experiences..

    but a part from joke..
    yes u r right that the accident ratio is increasing day by day..



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