Tempo van rams into wall in Chennithala; injured driver left alone as passersby refuse to help

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The rescue mission at night

Chennithala (Alappuzha): In a freak accident, a young man was severely injured after his tempo van rammed on a wall near the roadside here on Saturday early morning. Unfortunately, none of the passersby helped him and he was left unattended and in pain for hours in the heavy rain. A kindhearted person finally came to his rescue. Mathrubhumi sub editor G Venugopal who witnessed the incident also joined him to help the injured.

The incident took place on Saturday by 4.50 am. Chennithala native Rahul Vijayan (25), driver of the tempo van, was pinned inside the driver cabin of the van after it hit a sidewall. The front portion of the tempo was dented under the impact of the collision. The driver was unable to move as his body was stuck.

The rescue mission at night

As the driver was completely stuck inside the vehicle, the person who came forward to help him and Venugopal could not pull him out. Though they approached nearby houses, none of them came out. Some of them even turned off the lights. The injured driver was crying aloud in deep pain all the time. None of the vehicles that passed by stopped even after seeing this.

The man who came to help said that people in the vehicles did not pay heed to his request. As there was no response from the police, they contacted the fire force. Meanwhile, a few fish vendors and auto drivers came to help. But none of them could take the person out. Finally, the fire force unit from Mavelikkara reached along with an ambulance. They cut open the vehicle and rescued the driver.

Rahul was first taken to Haripad taluk hospital and then to Alappuzha medical college. His hands and leg were fractured and also had internal injuries in the abdomen. Surgery will be performed only after scanning. Venugopal said that he could not ask the name of the kind soul who offered help amid the rescue operation. He added that the driver would have lost his life if the man had not come forward to help.

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