Thiruvananthapuram: Two days after a horrific road accident on the Kazhakoottam bypass on the outskirts of the city, it has emerged that one of the rescuers at the spot was a bridegroom who was returning after having a dinner party with his friends hours after his wedding.
Peroorkada native Prakashan witnessed the mishap near Technopark while he was returning home in a car with his wife. He left the bride in the car and sprung into rescue operations minutes after a bus rammed a parked lorry loaded with iron rods.
Prakashan pulled out the seriously injured bus driver, John, who was trapped in the mangled vehicle and shifted him to the police van. After getting active in rescue operations, Prakashan returned home drenched in blood.
John, 29, hailing from Koodamkulam in Tamil Nadu is being treated at the Medical College Hospital here.
Prakashan recounted the horrific scenes at the accident spot having seen the iron pierced into the legs of the bus driver. John was caught between the wheels and the seat. The rescue workers, including Prakashan, and the police had a tough time to bring out the blood-soaked driver, immediately after which he was shifted to the hospital.
At that time as many as six huge lorries stacked with metal rods were parked without following the safety norms, said Prakashan.
The lorries did not bear boards or lamps indicating the presence of the heavy-weight materials which were meant for constructing railway tracks. Though the headlights of the bus were in bright mode, the huge vehicles and the metallic sheets were not visible from a distance which could have led to the accident, he said.
Prakashan had got married in a low-key function held at KPMS Hall.
Rising accidents on bypass
The number of accidents along the bypass stretch is rising even as the construction of Technopark-Kazhakoottam flyover is fast progressing. The National Highways Authority of India has been blamed for callousness, while the police too have not taken adequate road safety measures in the light of the construction work. No measures to ease traffic block have also been taken.
The bus mishap on the bypass occurred near the main entrance of Technopark where the pillars for the flyover are being constructed. John was grievously injured when the mini bus he was driving lost control and rammed a lorry carrying metallic pipe.
Huge lorries, stuffed with iron pipes, parked in rows without bearing any safety warning are a common sight along the bypass. There is no proper lighting on the stretch either, raising the risk of road mishaps.
It is alleged lack of safety warning and proper lighting could have caused the accident.
The 27-km Kazhakuttam bypass extends till Mukkola and is a section of the National Highway 66, the erstwhile NH 17.