Close encounters of the last kind...
Have been planning for a trek for a long time and finally it materialized last Saturday(Sep-4-2010). We decided on Tada falls near Chennai. The trek requires a entirely different post. what I am going to brag about here is the accident from which me and my cousin had a narrow escape. This also tells about the plight of motorists or human life as such in India.
The incident happened on the way to Tada around 60Kms from it. Some people where cleaning the road and hard separators on the road for motorists. The traffic was very minimal with a lorry front of us and a small van before it. We were cruising at around 70Kmph. Cruising in the sense having a relaxed drive.
Gradually my cousin who was driving the motorcycle, picked up speed and over took the lorry on the left suddenly we found some people were cleaning the road at a distance and they had placed some separators on the road. we were in the left lane which was closed ahead and the van in front of us almost slowing down to a standstill and the lorry behind us in the right lane.My cousin started moving gradually into the right lane.
Had a funny feeling that the lorry is close by. Turned around and found the lorry coming with a speed that was higher than the usual for a lorry that is about to be stopped. Immediately started saying lorry. lorry.. lorry and patted my cousin on the right shoulder. Meaning he has to move to the left. He was confused as the left lane was blocked and no other way to go than the right lane and stopped the motorcycle in the middle on the lane separator. Swoosh…. the front wheels of the lorry went past me with hiss hiss. hiss.. I was wondering were they transporting snakes ? BAHMM….. the lorry crashed with the van in front. Then I realized the hissing sound was from the poorly maintained air-brakes of the lorry which the driver was pumping to stop the lorry. My heart was in my mouth as a two second delay would have cost our legs and a 3 second delay would have given us a immediate ride to heaven( or hell??). Composed myself in a minute started looking around.Two people sitting at the back of the van were injured.
I jumped off the bike and tried to help the man to get down. The lorry driver dint even have the slightest remorse that he had hit a vehicle and injured two humans. All that he was worried about is how much should he have to pay for the medical expenses and a way not to do that. The human life is worth only a few hundred rupees.
Seriously thinking about the law of Demand and Supply. India has a surplus supply of lives which lose their value over time. The death of a human due to negligence is considered normal. Hope this changes….