Jagruti Hogle, a 35-year-old mother of an eight-year-old was an avid biker and a part of the ‘Bikerni’ biking club. Jagruti was on a trip with two others from their biking when tragedy struck. While trying to overtake a truck on Dahanu-Jawhar road, she lost her balance after her bike hit a pothole. She was crushed to death when the truck ran over her.
Avinash Dharmadhikari, a senior inspector from Saki Naka, was returning home on his scooter after attending an official meeting when his bike hit an eight-inch deep and four-feet wide pothole. He promptly took to social media to warn fellow travellers and said that the pothole was impossible to miss and he didn’t want anyone else to fall in.
A senior inspector with the Sakinaka Police station who was travelling home on his scooty on the Western Express Highway at Andheri fell off his bike when it suddenly hit a 5-foot-wide pothole. He was lucky he did not come under another vehicle and escaped only with badly grazed knees.
26-year-old Neha Mirchandani, who was riding pillion with her father on a bike fell victim to a sudden pothole-related mishap near Khemani Chowk in Ulhasnagar. Unfortunately, Neha was crushed to death when she came under a truck and her father suffered injuries to his back and legs.
Kalina resident Atul Pawar, who was with his friend riding on the WEH one night, escaped death by a whisker after his bike hit a huge pothole in Andheri. Apparently, it was Pawar’s control over the two-wheeler that saved them.
A former Doordarshan anchor and yoga teacher was knocked down by a coconut tree that fell straight on her head while she was on a morning walk in Chembur. Passers-by pulled her out from under the tree and rushed her to hospital. She succumbed to her injuries three days after the incident. Her husband blamed the BMC for not permitting the tree to be cut
Two senior citizens were injured when a tree came crashing down on the kaali-peeli taxi they were in. The incident occurred in Parel’s GD Ambedkar Marg, Bhoiwada. Though the taxi was crushed under the impact of the tree, the passengers were lucky to escape with minor injuries. As per statistics, nine people, in Mumbai alone, have died due to trees falling since 2015-2017. The Chembur Diamond Garden Residents' Forum has been raising the issue of dangerous trees, stating that they need to be maintained and checked periodically. But as per the BMC, every ward has a junior tree officer who is supposed to check if a tree needs to be trimmed or is in a dangerous condition
In another tragic accident involving a tree falling, a 45-year-old autorickshaw driver died after a tree fell on him at Borivali. There was incessant heavy rainfall throughout many parts of Mumbai on 12 and 13 July 2017 which saw several trees falling, leaving a number of vehicles damaged. Incidentally the autorickshaw driver was the first casualty of the monsoons this year and the BMC's lack of action to prevent such incidence has been sighted as the cause for the man's death
The torrential rains saw the city come to its knees on 14th July 2017. While people ran for cover as umbrellas were useless against the gusty winds and rain, a tree was no match for nature's might as well. In the early hours of the day a tree collapsed near Churchgate station damaging two cars. Luckily, there were no casualties reported
A huge tree uprooted, crushing one black-and-yellow taxi and a private car in the early hours of the morning on 14 July 2017 at Churchgate. It took the authorities several hours to cut and clear the tree. Traffic resumed only a few hours after the incident
A brief spell of rain on the Western Express Highway caused a five-vehicle pile-up. The incident took place near the Aarey flyover on 9 July 2017. While, no one was injured in the accident, all vehicles were damaged severely. According to the police, the bad roads and heavy showers caused the barricade placed on the road to fly into the drivers' path. When the first driver hit the brakes, there was not enough time for those behind to slow down, and five vehicles went crashing into each other.
The Sion-Panvel highway has been known as the highway to hell. After a gruesome accident snuffed out the life of one and led to a horrific accident between trucks, four officials of the Sion-Panvel Tollway Private Limited (SPTPL), which is tasked with the upkeep of the ill-maintained roadway, have been booked after an accident killed one The incident took place on the Uran Phata flyover. A speeding truck on its way to Mumbai rammed into the rear end of a pickup van carrying fish, which collided with two more trucks. A driver died on the spot, while two others were injured. The highway is poorly maintained and is slippery at several stretches and full of potholes as well
The number of accidents due to civic apathy in Mumbai have been on the rise. Here’s a round-up of all the people who have perished due to unkempt roads and weak rooted trees
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