Injured pedestrian dies after ambulance fails to turn up on time

Injured pedestrian dies after ambulance fails to turn up on time

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-05-21 20:09 Bengaluru: A 62-year-old accident victim, who had sustained severe injuries and was waiting for medical help, died after the ambulance failed to turn up on time. The victim has been identified as Nagaraj, a resident of Singasandra, and a retired employee of New Government Electric Factory (NGEF). The incident happened on Friday around 7.40 pm when Nagaraj was crossing the road to return home from a nearby store.A speeding motorcycle (Yamaha Frazer bearing register number KA-01 HJ-7501) knocked down Nagaraj. As a result of the impact, the rider identified as Keshav and pillion-rider Naveen also fell and sustained injuries. A few passers-by alerted the Electronics City traffic police who rushed to the spot and called a National Highway Authority of India ambulance for medical help. Despite repeated reminders the ambulance did not come even three hours after the accident. Meanwhile, after waiting for a few minutes, the police rushed the victims to near-by hospital in a private vehicle where Nagaraj was declared brought dead. The motorcycle rider and pillion-rider have been shifted to St. John’s Hospital.The police in order to shift the body to mortuary for postmortem waited for three hours. But the ambulance failed to turn up. “Since the 108 ambulance do not shift dead bodies we had to wait. They misguided us by saying that they will come in 10 minutes. But they didn’t come at all,” a senior police officer said. The locals blamed NHAI for the negligence. “There are many barricades along the highway which are broken and have not been rectified. There is no proper sky-walk, no underpass, hence pedestrians are forced to jaywalk on the highway, leading to frequent accidents,” they said.