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Old 17th June 2005, 10:55   #1
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Default Accident : Merc rams into horse cart

Another night another accident. A guy driving his Mercedes at midnight on his way home rammed into a horse cart on the Vakola flyover injuring the four occupants and the horses. One of the injured is critical and one horse is on the verge of death. The guy driving the car is a hoteliers son and my brother's classmate in the Hotel Management college. The car being driven was an E250D W124. The guy was also present with us on the first day of SpeedRun 2005.

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Read this article in the paper. The number of accidents are increasing by the day. The horses suffered a lot, because they were unattended for a long period of time. The passengers in the horse cart seem to be seriously injured. I pray for their recovery as soon as possible.

Fast driving is illegal and rash. Most people would comment saying otherwise, but its the fact. The speed limit is made to avoid dangers of fast driving and the risks involved in it. When anyone crosses the speed limit no matter how good he is at it, it doesn't make a difference, its called rash and irresponsible behavior. The public roads are not meant for anyone's speed delights, they are meant for disciplined driving under the rules.

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mumbai is one dangerours place to drive; with no place for pedestrians, a mix of traffic that can range from ferraris to bullok carts and the poor condition of most taxis and rickshaws (seen one with working indicators or brake lights lately) and road repairs accidents of this sort are becoming all to common. add to this a healthy does of pothole and speedbreakers and indiscipline from motorists and pedestrians alike and incidents like this are the result.

There are a lot of rules we have documented but few of these are implemnted regularly.
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This may seem insensitive, but what was a horsecart doing on a flyover in the middle of the night? Speeding is a crime, but going too slow is equally dangerous, and is a heavily fined offence abroad.

This seems like a case where both parties are to blame...just unfortunate that people and animals have had to suffer so much.
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It cant be blamed on the driver entirely. The same has happened to a friend once. He was travelling in his ambassdor on the NH 47. A bullock cart was going in front. He was momentarily blinded by the headlights of a bus coming in the opposite direction and failed to notice the cart in front. By the time he realised he had crashed.

The point being it is all but impossible to notice a cart going in front when there is a powerful headlight falling on you from the other side of the road.
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This may seem insensitive, but what was a horsecart doing on a flyover in the middle of the night? Speeding is a crime, but going too slow is equally dangerous, and is a heavily fined offence abroad.

This seems like a case where both parties are to blame...just unfortunate that people and animals have had to suffer so much.

I agree . The cart was definately in the wrong place. And on top of that it definately must be in the fast lane too. I doubt the Merc would be speeding in the left most slow lane

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if the driver can be blamed..so can the horse cart man be........what was he doing on a flyover at midnight??? .....

and maybe..that road might possibly be blocked for slow vehicles to enter and that horse cart should have been there in the first place...( i dont know anything about bombay roads..but here in delhi..some roads are prohibited to slow traffic...like carts, rikshaws etc.)....

contemplate on how a person behind the wheels feels when pedestrians/bycycle riders/other slow stuff suddenly pop out of nowhere..how does he feel..i guess way more terrified than the people outside .....

when somthing comes in...u cant save yourself even if u r driving at 40....

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i really feel sorry for the animal.its entirely not his fault at all he did what his master made him do without knowing the danger involved.and as gordon said the horses were not taken care of for a long time.and in this case i feel the horse cart guy is more at fault then the guy driving his mercedes.firstly the horse cart is not suppose to be on flyovers and im sure he was in the right most lane because as somebody mentioned before i dont think the mercedes would be going fast in the left lane.

accidents are taking place almsot every night indifferent parts of the city so guys becareful and be aware.it could happen to any one.always wear your seatbelts and always observe the speed limit.

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The Merc driver is not totally at blame.
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Why does everyone presume that a young guy driving a Mercedes involved in an accident had got to be speeding?

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Why does everyone presume that a young guy driving a Mercedes involved in an accident had got to be speeding?

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Really sad to hear about the accident. Its not entirely the Merc driver's fault.

P.s:Isn't there a rule which says carts, tractors etc should stay away from highways etc at night??
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Why does everyone presume that a young guy driving a Mercedes involved in an accident had got to be speeding?

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Obviously the cart guy wasn't speeding
Judging from the pics taken of the extent of damage done, the Mercedes had to be speeding. The report also says that he was well above the speed limit.
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The report also says that he was well above the speed limit.
Every report notes speeding as the cause. As me and you both know, not all accidents are speeding related.

Even if the Mercedes had to crash into him at 50 km/h, the poor cart would have been blown to pieces.

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The report also says that he was well above the speed limit.
The speed limit was probably an unrealistic 35kmph or something, just as it is on the JJ flyover. So ofcourse he would be going above that!
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