Lorry runs amok at Esteem Mall Junction

Lorry runs amok at Esteem Mall Junction

Two people were injured when a speeding sand-laden lorry rammed three cars, an auto-rickshaw and three bikes before screeching to a halt at the Esteem Mall junction on Ballari Road on Wednesday. The accident took place at the very spot where a tanker had run amok a month ago, killing two persons.

According to the police, the accident occurred around 9 am. The lorry was coming from Yelahanka. Its driver, Narayan Swamy, was speeding and is said to have lost control over the vehicle. The lorry first rammed three cars, then hit an auto-rickshaw and three bikes before screeching to a halt. Two motorcycle riders—Tina Dey, 48, a resident of Amruthnagar, and Ganeshan, from Yelahanka—suffered minor injuries. They were taken to a nearby hospital and discharged after first aid, the Hebbal traffic police said, adding that they had arrested the lorry driver.

The public panicked for a while and traffic on the busy road was disrupted for more than an hour. Six traffic policemen struggled to clear the traffic. Vehicular movement resumed only after the lorry was removed from the spot, according to the police.

The lorry driver claimed that he could not control the vehicle as its brakes had failed. A senior traffic police officer said, “The vehicle will be examined by the RTO (Regional Transport Office) and then a report will be prepared. Only after we get the report can we confirm if the accident occurred because of brake failure or rash driving.” A case has been registered at the Hebbal traffic police station.

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