An iron rod drove right through the bonnet of a car in Hyderabad, after it fell from the Malakpet Metro Station where construction work was going on.
The driver of the car, who had a lucky escape, filed a police complaint against construction firm L&T for negligence.
According to reports, Abdul Aziz was crossing Malakpet Metro station as he was driving towards Abids from Dilsukhnagar on Friday, when the iron rod fell on his vehicle and penetrated the bonnet,.
âWe were lucky that it did not fall on the mirror. It could have been fatal. Also, it is a new car. It has been a very bad experience. The negligence on the part of L&T and Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) should be taken seriously. What if it had fallen on a pedestrian?â Aziz was quoted as saying.
âWe regret the damage caused to the car and have initiated an investigation into the matter,â L&T authorities said in a statement.
Based on the car ownerâs complaint, the Chaderghat police registered a case under section 336 (Endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC.
This is not the first such incident to occur in the city.
In March last year, a 38-year-old woman was grievously injured when a steel rod fell on her from an overhead metro rail construction site at Nampally and remained in a critical condition at Apollo Hospital in Hyderguda for a long time.
Uzma Hafeez, a resident of Rein Bazaar, was travelling pillion on her husbandâs motorbike, going from Nampally to Khairatabad, when the steel rod fell from the rail bridge and hit her on the head.
At the time, Metro Rail officials dubbed it a âfreak accidentâ, even as the police registered a similar case against L&T for negligence and endangering a personâs life.