Days after two individuals lost their lives in tree fall related mishaps, two senior citizens escaped with minor injuries after a tree crushed the taxi they were travelling in at Mumbai’s Parel area.
The incident took place around 11 am on G.D Ambedkar Marg in Bhoiwada, Parel.
According to officials from RAK Marg police station, 86-year-old Manohar Kochekar had taken a taxi (MH-03-AT-3909) to travel to Nirlep House, when a 30-feet-high tree fell on top of the vehicle.
Fortunately, both Manohar and the taxi driver, Brindasani Mishra (65), escaped with minor injuries as they were seated on the right side of the taxi whereas the major brunt of the impact was borne by the left side.
Both were taken to KEM Hospital following the incident, and allowed to go home the same day as the injuries were not serious in nature.
The impact of the tree’s fall had been slightly curtailed by an electricity pole, on which it fell first. However, apart from the taxi, two scooters parked along the opposite road were also crushed by the uprooted tree.
The fallen tree had blocked the entire breadth of the road, before civic officials managed to cut it to pieces and remove the debris.
Due to the heavy downpour over the last few days, multiple instances of tree falling have been reported from across the city. While most instances did not lead to any casualties, some led to serious injuries and fatalities.
Just last week, a former Doordarshan anchor and a lawyer lost their lives in separate tree fall related incidents in Chembur and Thane respectively.
The civic body has also come under fire for failing to address the problem of falling trees ahead of monsoon.
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