Thursday, April 24, 2014

Truck falls into metro pit, kills 2 workers

Truck plunges into metro rail pit, kills 2
Times of India, Hyderabad, 18 April 2014
Hyderabad: Two L&T metro rail workers died and a driver suffered injuries on Thursday when a ready-mix truck fell into a trench dug for the construction of a pier (pillar) at Nalgonda X Roads.
    The mishap occurred at 3.20 am when the ready-mix concrete truck (AP 16 TD 4445) coming from Dachepally crashed through the barriers and fell into a pit dug for construction of the metro rail pillar. Four workers were inside the pit and the vehicle directly fell on two of them. Both workers — Mumtaz Ansari, 23, and Babul Yadav, 19, hailing from Jharkhand — died on the spot. Two other workers in the pit escaped unhurt. Just minutes before the incident, six of the 10 workers in the pit had climbed out to get a drink of water. 
    Truck driver Komaraiah from Mahbubnagar, who also suffered injuries, was admitted to the Osmania General Hospital. His condition is said to be out of danger. 
    Though the accident occurred at 3.20 am, it took more than eight hours for the police to pull out the bodies from the spot. Police initially requisitioned five small cranes to pull out the truck from the pit, but could not lift the heavy truck. Finally, a 180-tonne heavy crane was brought to the spot and at 11.45 am, the truck was pulled out from the pit and the bodies recovered.
    Due to the accident, traffic on the busy Chaderghat-Malakpet route moved at a snail’s pace till afternoon.