Section of road caves in on BRT corridor, two injured

Section of road caves in on BRT corridor, two injured

The incident took place close to the Moolchand flyover at around 1.30 am creating an almost seven feet long crater on the road and sucking in a motorcycle that was passing over it.

Two persons were injured in the mishap and taken to the AIIMS trauma centre, a senior police official said.

An official of a contracting firm executing the project, who was present on the spot, said his team was examining what led to the sudden collapse of the road.

The road was cordoned off and the huge pothole was being initially filled with water and sand.

"The road is almost 50 years old. There might have been a cavity inside many years back which suddenly became active. We just overlayed it," said the official.

He said the repair work was on and would take some hours.

Eyewitnesses said the motorcycle was sucked inside the cavity which developed out of nowhere and the two persons riding it fell outside on the road.

The Bus Rapid Transit system from Moolchand to Ambedkar Nagar, which came in for severe criticism after a number of mishaps on the stretch as well as the initial chaos that followed the opening of the first section, is in its second phase of construction.

The first section was thrown open last year.

The injured, Amit Kumar and Santosh, were admitted in the AIIMS trauma centre at around 2.40 am with superficial injuries, doctors at the institute said.

Kumar (23), who was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol, was discharged at 9.45 am, they said.

Santosh (29), however, left the hospital without informing the staff, they said.

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