A 20-year-old college student suffered burn injuries after an electric pole came crashing down and the live wire it supported fell on her in Bengaluru Tuesday. This was the second electric pole crash in four days in Bengaluru that resulted in injuries to pedestrians.
Priya Garg, hailing from Delhi and studying BA psychology at Christ University, was walking along Suddaguntepalya Main Road, off Hosur Road, when the accident occurred Tuesday afternoon. According to doctors treating Garg, she sustained burns to her face, neck, and chest and is said to be out of danger.
The electric pole reportedly fell after optical fibre cables tied to it got entangled with a moving water tanker. While Garg, who had come out of her paying guest accommodation, suffered 35 per cent burns, two other women narrowly escaped significant injuries. One suffered minor burns on her hand, while the other had her hair charred.
The police said a preliminary investigation into the accident revealed that optical fibre cables had been illicitly tethered to the electric pole, and these cables inadvertently hooked onto a cement mixer truck that passed by around 1.45 pm. As the truck passed, the cables dropped even further, they said. Approximately 30 minutes later, the cables got stuck to the water tanker, and the electric pole collapsed, the police said.
One of the live wires fell on Priya’s neck, and she suffered burn injuries and fell, the police said. She was saved from even severe burn injuries as another wire fell on a parked scooter, leading to the two wires coming in contact and disrupting the power supply in the lines, they said.
Passersby rushed to her aid, freed her from beneath the fallen pole, and transported her to a nearby hospital in an auto-rickshaw. From there, she was moved to St John’s Hospital.
On Saturday, a 23-year-old pedestrian suffered severe injuries after an electricity pole collapsed on him after optical fibre cables hanging from it became entangled with a passing truck on Kariyammana Agrahara Main Road near Devarabeesanahalli. (https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/bangalore/bengaluru-pedestrian-injured-hanging-cables-entangled-truck-electric-pole-8902226/)
The victim, Kevin Varghese, a multinational company staffer hailing from Kerala, was under critical care at a private hospital even though he had escaped electrocution. The police traced the truck and recorded the statement of the driver. They registered a case under sections 279 (reckless driving), 283 (endangering public safety) and 337 (causing harm through dangerous actions) of the Indian Penal Code.