A woman and her two-year-old son were killed while her husband and daughter were injured when a subway pillar under construction fell on their two-wheeler in Bengaluru, Karnataka state, today.
The incident was reported from Bengaluru’s Nagavara district this morning.
The couple and their twin children — a daughter and a son — were riding their bicycles across the road when the pole hit them, officials said.
Tejasvani and her son Vihan were seriously injured in the accident. Passers-by took them to a nearby hospital where they died while being treated.
Tejasvani’s husband Lohith and daughter are being treated in hospital.
Lohith was driving the bicycle and Tejasvini was the backseat rider, police said, adding that they were both wearing helmets.
The columns are made of metal rods and are approximately 40 feet long.
Deputy Police Commissioner Dr Bheemashankar S Guled said: “A subway pillar collapsed and hit a bicycle that was carrying four people. Tejasvini and her son Vihan were seriously injured and were immediately transferred to Altius Hospital. Tragically, they died at There,” East Bangalore.
Work along the outer ring road has been suspended for two days.
He said a case had been registered and an investigation was ongoing.
Mr Gouled also said experts were at the scene of the accident to analyze why the column collapsed.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has pledged to conduct a thorough investigation into the accident. “I just came to know about it and we will investigate. We will find out why the column collapsed and provide compensation,” he told reporters in Dharwad.
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has announced a financial assistance of Rs 2 million for the family.
BMRCL managing director Anjum Parvez described the incident as unfortunate and said they would also launch an internal audit. “According to our engineer’s report, all safety measures were taken in accordance with standard protocol, but the incident still happened, so we have to conduct a factual investigation. Whether there is any human negligence or technical problems, we will find out from the report. If Any human negligence, action will definitely be taken against those responsible,” he said.
A witness said the family of four were rushed to hospital by passers-by. “We asked civic groups to help us clear the wreckage and roadblocks, but no one helped us. We later took them to the hospital with the help of locals,” he told NDTV.
Locals and commuters in the area also staged a protest against Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) – the city’s civic body.