Mumbai: Doctor gets out in the nick of time as car bursts into flames on Bandra-Worli Sea Link

The car that caught fire on the sea link. Pics/ Shadab Khan

A Borivli doctor's presence of mind in the wee hours of today saved his life after his car caught fire on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. Dr Harilal Chowdhary had been in Worli and was on his way home when his Maruti Omni suddenly caught fire. The fire brigade and the Bandra police were informed, who reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

The incident happened around 12.30 am. Dr Chowdhary was driving his car, loaded with a CNG kit, when he noticed a sudden malfunction. "I left from Worli around 12 am and decided to take the sea link; en route, my car stopped. A few seconds later, when I tried to restart it, I realised there was a foul smell emanating from somewhere within. Not wanting to take any chances, I immediately stepped out, and within seconds, the vehicle caught fire," he added.

Following the incident, the security staff at the BWSL reached the spot and closed off traffic in one direction until the situation was brought under control. They also informed the Bandra police and the fire brigade.

Fire officers douse the blazeFire officers douse the blaze

A fire officer said, "The car was fitted with a CNG cylinder; it could have turned into a major catastrophe had the blaze not been doused fast. The car was heavily damaged in the incident." After the fire was doused, the car was towed away to Bandra police station.

A police officer said, "The cause of the fire is yet to be established. The driver was alone in the vehicle at the time of the incident and did not sustain any injuries."

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