Tree falls on car in Bandra, traps family of 4 inside
Mumbai: A major tragedy was averted in Bandra on Friday when a huge tree fell on the car of a family of four. The Bandra residents were trapped inside after a nearly 50-year-old Gulmohar tree fell on their Nissan Micra car.
This incident comes nearly a month after a 50-year-old exDoordarshan anchor, Kanchan Nath, died after a coconut tree fell on her in Chembur.
On Friday evening, Deepak Ramnani, along with his wife and two daughters, were going to Bandra for dinner. Ramnani took Waterfield Road to drive down to Hill Road when suddenly the tree fell on them.
Ramnani said, “It all happened in a fraction of a second. Ahuge tree fell on my car, trapping all four of us inside. It’s a miracle that we got away with minor scratches, but my car is completely damaged.”
He further said people ma- naged to open the driver’s side door. They first helped Ramnani get out, followed by his wife and two daughters. Within 15 minutes, fire brigade officials came and started removing the tree and clearing the spot.
The Bandra traffic police said they diverted traffic for four hours until the fire brigade managed to remove the tree. Ramnani and his family were rushed to local doctors and treated for the injuries.
BJP Bandra MLA Ashish Shellar visited the site and tweeted about the incident, saying, “Visited tree fallin site @ Waterfield Rd, car damaged. But Gr8ful no1hurt! With hlp of Bmc/Police, ensured Rd cleared 4 traffic in hour!”
Assistant municipal commissioner of H west ward, Sharad Ughade, said the tree had grown adjacent to the drainage line and its roots could not anchor deeply. “Due to weak support and high wind velocity, the tree fell,” he said.
The car was completely damaged in the incident on Friday