A 38-year-old motorcyclist, who was critically injured in a road accident, succumbed to his injuries hours later as the ambulance carrying him could not reach KEM hospital in time due to traffic snarls, police said.
The bike of the victim, Sachin Vetoskar skidded and he came under the wheels of a gas tanker near Amar Mahal junction in Tilak Nagar area of Chembur on the Eastern Express Highway on Monday around 2.15 pm, they said.
An ambulance stuck in Mumbai traffic. Pic/Nimesh Dave
Soon afterwards, the police rushed Vetoskar to Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar (East) in an autorickshaw," a police officer said.
"Rajawadi Hospital staff asked the police to take Vetoskar to a bigger hospital like KEM in central Mumbai, as his injuries were serious," the officer said.
But due to traffic snarls, the ambulance could only reach KEM hospital by 5 pm. By that time, he had profusely bled, due to which his pulse went very low and his survival chances became bleak, police said.
He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital later that night.
Vetoskar was a resident of Hindmata in Dadar area of Central Mumbai, police said, adding that he was on his way to a worksite in Bhiwandi with his pillion rider Ankur.
Ankur also suffered a fracture in the accident but there was not need to hospitalise him, police said.
Meanwhile, Tilaknagar police arrested Sevalal Yadav (48), driver of the tanker under IPC sections 279 (rash driving) and 304 A (causing death by negligence).