4 accident victims in U.K. out of danger
‘It was a miraculous escape; bodies of the deceased got mutilated ’
The condition of four persons from Tamil Nadu, who were grievously injured in the road accident at Newport Pagnell near Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom early on Saturday is “stable” and “out of danger,” family and diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.
The injured, including five-year-old Shravanthi, who was orphaned after she lost both her parents in the accident, have been admitted to different hospitals.
The Minister (Co-ordination) of the Indian High Commission in London, A.S. Rajan, told The Hindu over phone that Shravanthi remained in the Intensive Care Unit of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. “Post ICU discharge, she might require further hospitalisation and long-term care. Other survivors are getting better and at least two families from India have reached London. It was a miraculous escape for the four survivors…the bodies of the deceased are mutilated beyond recognition,” he said.
Mr. Rajan said the Indian High Commission was working in unison with representatives of the World Tamil Organisation, Federation of Tamil Associations in the U.K. and Wipro in extending all possible assistance to the victims and their family members. “We are tying up with hospital authorities, coroner’s office, and funeral directors. Suitable arrangements will be made even if the family members decide to cremate the bodies here (in the U.K.),” he said.
He said the high commission had nominated an officer to exclusively attend to the needs of the accident victims and their family members. “There have been quite a few instances where tourists or others who visited the United Kingdom died of illness or accidents. We have a separate consular service functioning to assist Indians who require assistance in repatriating bodies. Besides arranging documents such as death certificates and coroner reports, we even have a welfare fund to help people who don’t have money to transport mortal remains.”
Asked if the victims were eligible for compensation, Mr. Rajan said the accident was reportedly due to drunk driving involving a lorry driver.
“The victims dead or injured innocent people were travelling to catch a train in London. They are tax payers and have richly contributed to the economy here…they deserve a suitable compensation. It is an unbearable loss to the family as most of the deceased were in their prime youth.”
Meanwhile, Shankar, sonin-law of Paneerselvam, who died along with two other family members in the accident, said the condition of his relatives Mano Ranjan and Sangeetha had improved.
Speaking to The Hindu over phone from New Delhi, Dr. Shankar said he received visa to travel to the U.K. on Tuesday evening. “I was informed that the bodies have been badly disfigured. But we want to bring them back,” he said.
Eight people, including five from Tamil Nadu, were killed on the spot when the minibus transporting a group of Wipro employees and their families from Nottingham to London met with an accident during the early hours of Saturday. The families were on a holiday to Europe when the long weekend came to a tragic end.
Shravanthi, who lost her parents, may require longterm care A.S. Rajan Minister (Co-ordination) of the Indian High Commission in London