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Car crashes into goods vehicle rods

Park Circus: A man driving a Baleno was critically injured after he rammed into iron rods and pipes jutting out of a stationary mini-truck at a signal in front of Don Bosco School around 6am on Thursday.

Akbar Ali, 50, who was at the wheel, fractured his skull and suffered multiple face and chest injuries as the rods broke through the windscreen.

Police suspect Ali dozed off and lost control of the vehicle.

The accident has exposed how vulnerable city motorists are to the threat of getting injured - at times fatally - by rods and bamboo poles jutting out of goods vehicles.

Carrying such objects in a way that they jut out of the vehicle is illegal and punishable by a fine ranging between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000.

In reality, police insiders admit, little is done to prosecute the offenders.

In this case, however, the Tata 407 which was carrying the rods and pipes that injured Ali has been seized by Beniapukur police. The owner of the vehicle has been charged under Section 190 Clause 3 of the motor vehicles act for "carrying goods which are dangerous or hazardous to human life in violation of prescribed conditions".

The Baleno has been seized, too.

Police said the mini-truck, which was travelling from the direction of the Park Circus seven-point crossing, was stationary at a signal on Suhrawardy Avenue when the accident occurred.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that the Baleno belongs to a chartered accountant, who has hired Ali as driver. Ali, a resident of Gora Chand Road, was alone in the car during the accident.

He was taken to Chittaranjan National Medical College and Hospital, from where he was shifted to Shambhunath Pandit Hospital.

Soumabha Dutta, the medical superintendent of Shambhunath Pandit Hospital, said Ali had suffered multiple injuries.

"The patient fractured his skull but he is fully conscious, which is a good sign. He is under strict observation," Dutta told Metro.

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