Cop on bike hit by PCR van, critical

A head constable was critically injured after being hit by a police control room van that was responding to an emergency call about another accident in New Delhi’s North Avenue area on Wednesday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses said the impact of the accident was such that the victim and his motorcycle skidded for over 50 metres before coming to a stop. Another PCR van rushed him to Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital where he is being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The accident took place at about 3.30 pm on Wednesday at the North Avenue. Posted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan security, Suresh Chand was headed to work on his motorcycle. At the same time, a PCR van was headed to a spot from where a call about an accident between a tractor and Swift car was reported.

“The PCR van seemed to be in a hurry. It hit the motorcycle from behind while trying to overtake it,” said Shiv Narayan Tiwary, an eyewitness. The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but that came off and cracked as he fell. He suffered serious injuries to his head and fell unconscious.

Another PCR van was summoned to the spot and the victim rushed to a hospital.
Swaraj Rajpal, a gardener working nearby, told Deccan Herald that Chand was bleeding heavily and was unresponsive when he called out to him. Rajpal’s attention had been drawn by a “very loud” sound of screeching tyres.

Police said they were in the process of registering a case in this connection. There were three policemen in the PCR van when the accident took place. They did not suffer injuries. Meanwhile, another PCR van was dispatched to attend to the original accident call.

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