Sukhdeo Lalji Seth was probably the most unlucky person on Wednesday. First, a bus hit him, then no pedestrian ferried him to the nearest hospital, and, after that, when he was finally taken to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Municipal General Hospital in Kandivli, part of an x-ray machine fell on him, killing him on the spot.
This macabre series of events started after Borivli resident Seth, 42, a Central Railway employee, stepped out for a walk. He had reached the turning of Kapadia Road in Borivli (East) when a cyclist fell on him. Seth lost his balance and came under the left rear wheel of a BEST bus.
"The incident occurred at 5.55am when our 524 LTD was passing on that road. The cyclist fled immediately, Seth sustained injuries on his waist," confirmed a BEST spokesperson.
Seth was lying on the road with no one to take him to hospital. But the incident site was close to his residence and his building's security guard alerted his family. His family then took him to the recently inaugurated "state-of-the-art" Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar hospital, popularly known as Shatabdi Hospital, which is infamous for its poor infrastructure.
Admitted at 6.15am with severe injuries, he was sent for an abdominal x-ray, when bad luck struck again. A portion of the x-ray machine fell on him. He was immediately taken to the casualty department, where he was declared dead.
The hospital has set-up an internal inquiry and the x-ray department has been shut until further notice. The hospital administration, however, said the grievous injuries due to the bus accident led to his death.
Hospital's deputy medical superintendent Dr Mangesh Budkar said, "He had sustained severe injuries in the abdominal region and was referred to the x-ray department when the tube of the machine fell on him. We have set up an inquiry... It's too early to talk about the incident."
The Kasturba Marg police have booked BEST bus driver Namdeo Chanvalkar for rash driving, no case of negligence has been registered against any hospital staffer yet.
There were two other accidents involving BEST buses. On Tuesday night, two BEST buses, a car, a scooter, a taxi and an auto collided at Kalanagar in Bandra (East). Two people sustained injuries. On Wednesday morning, nine people sustained minor injuries at Mankhurd when the driver of bus route number 502 LTD was unable to brake on time and hit a water tanker