Last Update: December 30, 2022, 21:56 IST
India’s star cricketer Rishabh Pant met with a major road accident in Mangalore in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand in the early hours of Friday and was admitted to a private hospital in Dehradun, where he is undergoing treatment. The incident took place around 5.30 am when his Mercedes Benz crashed into a road divider on the Delhi-Dehradun highway and caught fire.
The 25-year-old, who was alone in the car and was on his way to his hometown Roorkee to surprise his mother, is now said to be out of danger. Police said he had sustained injuries on his head, back and legs.
Some reports claimed that he jumped out of the car as soon as it caught fire by breaking the window and was then rescued by the driver and conductor of a passing Haryana Roadways bus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi He was one of the first to wish him a speedy recovery.
Rishabh Pant accepted dodging off
Pant has accepted that he had dozed off which led to the incident. Sources have told CNN News 18 that the star cricketer had admitted to wheel sag even as shocking footage of his car hitting the divider and rolling over has already emerged. Some other horrifying visuals of the car engulfed in flames have also emerged which prove it was close to death.
Here’s how a fire occurs after an accident and what to do in such a difficult situation:
• After the massive collision, the fuel tank catches fire due to leakage. Even a minor leak could lead to a major fire. Other flammable substances, such as engine oil, brake oil or vehicle lubricants, may catch fire if they come into contact with sparks or hot metal parts.
• A fault in the electrical system of the vehicle after the incident may also result in fire. Sometimes the wire gets damaged due to accident and sparks are generated which further spreads on the onboard fuel.
• Airbags may explode after a major hit, causing an onboard fire. according to a Indian Express Reportedly, this is extremely rare.
While accidents can happen anytime, there are some precautionary steps that will help you avoid and save lives. have a look:
• Getting out of the vehicle as soon as possible should be a top priority. If stuck, use a sharp object to open the windows and jump.
• Keep a fire extinguisher in the vehicle to extinguish the fire and use it until help reaches you.
• If you see an accident, rush to the aid of those trapped in the vehicle. In Pant’s case, a bus driver and conductor helped him out of the car.
• Always keep a small first aid kit in the vehicle. Keep things that can come in handy in case of minor injuries. Medicines/ointments for the treatment of minor burns should also be kept in the kit.
• In case of any emergency, seek immediate help from any passerby or call emergency helpline numbers like local police, traffic police, hospital etc.
• Stay away from burning vehicles and keep your vehicles at a safe distance. Recently, 20 cars were gutted in a fire at a municipal corporation’s multi-level parking in Subhash Nagar area of Delhi. Police said the accused had set a car on fire due to personal enmity with a person. However, the fire spread and engulfed other cars in the parking lot as well.
Pant was ruled out of the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka starting January 3 as he was about to join the national Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for a strength and conditioning program ahead of February’s Border Gavaskar Trophy.
As of now, there is no clarity on his availability for the series against Australia.
Pant has so far scored 2,271 runs in 33 Tests with the help of five centuries and 11 half-centuries. He has also represented the country in 30 ODIs and 66 T20Is.
(With inputs from PTI)
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