Engineer killed as lorry hits container at metro site

  • By Hindu
  • | Sunday | 14th January, 2018

The lorry driver, Ramanjaneya, who sustained injuries in the accident, was coming into the city with a sand load from Hoskote. The lorry then fell into a pit, killing Sonu on the spot and injuring a few other workers who were asleep at the site. The deceased, Sonu Singh Saini, 32, who was from Delhi, worked as a contract employee with ITD Cementation India JV, a construction company associated with BMRCL. Traffic movement was disrupted for over an hour until the police summoned a crane to pull out the lorry and the container from the pit. He lost control of the vehicle while manoeuvring it and rammed into the barricades before knocking down the container, at 6.30 a.m.


A service engineer who was asleep in a container near Tin Factory on Old Madras Road was killed when a sand-laden lorry rammed into it and slid into a pit that had been dug up for metro work at the upcoming Jyothipura station, on Saturday.

The deceased, Sonu Singh Saini, 32, who was from Delhi, worked as a contract employee with ITD Cementation India JV, a construction company associated with BMRCL. The lorry driver, Ramanjaneya, who sustained injuries in the accident, was coming into the city with a sand load from Hoskote.

He lost control of the vehicle while manoeuvring it and rammed into the barricades before knocking down the container, at 6.30 a.m. According to the police, the driver had dozed off at the wheel. The lorry then fell into a pit, killing Sonu on the spot and injuring a few other workers who were asleep at the site.

Other workers extricated the deceased from the container using cutters. The K.R. Puram police have taken up a case of death due to negligence against the driver.

Traffic movement was disrupted for over an hour until the police summoned a crane to pull out the lorry and the container from the pit.

BMRCL authorities said there were adequate number of visual warning signs. Managing director of BMRCL Mahendra Jain, who visited the accident site, said there were safety features at the spot such as barricades, blinkers and illuminated rope lights and self- reflective diversion boards. “In addition, the lights of the footbridge close to the site illuminate the entire junction,” Mr. Jain said.

The construction company, has filed a police complaint against the driver. The company will also compensate the family of the deceased, a statement by the BMRCL said. Stay updated with all the Bangalore Latest News headlines here. For more exclusive & live news updates from all around India, stay connected with NYOOOZ.

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