The high-end car that caused the death of nine people at the Iscon bridge in Ahmedabad was speeding “extremely”, according to an injured survivor of the fatal accident.
Altamash Qureshi was one of the onlookers who had gathered at the site of an accident on the bridge in Ahmedabad city on Thursday when a speeding car rammed into them, killing nine people and injuring ten others.
“My friends and I had gone to the bridge after a Thar (SUV) met with an accident. Then suddenly a car came from behind and hit all of us. The speed of the car was very fast. It entered the crowd,” said Qureshi, who is undergoing treatment at Sola Civil Hospital.
The accident took place at ISKCON bridge on the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway in the satellite area of the city around 1 am when a speeding Jaguar car rammed into a crowd gathered there following a collision between a Thar and a truck, police said.
After the Jaguar was hit by the car, some of the victims were thrown into the air and fell approximately 25 to 30 feet. Part of the road turned red with the spilled blood. The impact of the collision was so strong that the front end of the car and its windscreen were completely damaged.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel expressed grief over the incident and announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
Sources said the car driver, who was also a youth, was thrashed by angry onlookers and a person standing under the bridge even videotaped the thrashing.
The square under the ISKCON bridge is a popular hangout for young people at night, as they gather there to have tea and snacks. Many people wishing to travel to other towns and cities gather at ISKCON Square to board buses or private vehicles.
Sources revealed that most of the dead and injured were youths from other cities and were staying in the city as paying guests.