BENGALURU: Two vehicles speeding along Hosur Road past midnight did ring alarm bells for Omkarappa N K, a route patrolling officer with the National Highways Authority of India. But he dismissed it as a possible case of drunken driving. A third vehicle joined in later. A couple of hours later, he realised those were the same vehicles which were involved in a major crash.
Speaking to Express, Omkarappa said, “Around 12.45am, we were in our patrol vehicle when we saw the Skoda car and Toyota Innova overspeeding on the Electronics City elevated road. I suspected that it could have been a case of drunk driving. On their return, another vehicle, a Suzuki S-Cross, had joined them. Around 3am I received an alert that three vehicles were involved in an accident. I rushed immediately and realised that it was the same vehicles which had passed us earlier.”
Airbags had deployed
Describing the scene at the accident spot, Omkarappa said, “One of the two youngsters ran away while the other called his father to inform him about the incident. The duo had sustained minor injuries. Some time later, the owner of milk tanker also reached the spot. Half of the milk in the tanker had spilled on the road.” He added that the airbags in the car and the MUV had deployed, but the car driver Arfan’s head had got caught in the barricade while his body lay on the road. “Police took one of the boys into custody. Later, I filed a complaint with police,” he said.