Jan. 25: A speeding garbage truck of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation lost control after a car stopped in front of it, veered left and mounted a pavement before crashing into a house in Duttabad, on the Bypass, early today.
Rupa Banerjee, 29, who was making breakfast for her five-year-old son had a narrow escape as the truck crashed into the wall of an empty room next to her kitchen.
"I was preparing breakfast when I heard a huge crash and felt a terrible jolt. I ran out of the kitchen and saw a toppled truck," Banerjee recounted.
Police said the truck - headed for the Dhapa dumping ground from Ultadanga - was trying to speed past a signal post when it lost control.
"The driver did not slow down even when the signal turned red. He lost control of the vehicle after he slammed the brakes in a last-ditch attempt to avoid hitting a car that stopped in front of it," an officer of Maniktala police station said.
The truck veered left as soon as the driver braked, climbed a pavement and hit a wall of the house before toppling on its side. The garbage the vehicle was carrying spilled on the road.
The accident highlights the tendency of the men driving CMC trucks to flout all rules putting lives at risk.
The front part of the truck suffered extensive damage under the impact of the crash. "The radiator burst and its fluid spilled," the officer said.
"The driver and the helper were injured. But the accident could have been fatal."
The driver has not yet been arrested as no complaint has been lodged.
The CMC operates a fleet of more than 400 garbage disposal trucks. Almost 50 per cent of them are owned by private operators.