Krishnagiri: Two days after an 108 ambulance vehicle caught fire at Pollachi government hospital, the Krishnagiri district witnessed a traumatic break down, which occurred when the vehicle was transporting a suicide victim.
This incident happened on Wednesday at the junction road in Denkannikottai town and where both the roads to Hogenakkal and another to Panchaplli from Denkannikottai, meet.
The 108 ambulance, at the time of the incident was transporting R. Karagappa (20) of Silibilimangalam village near Thally, 22-km from Hosur in Krishnagiri district.
He was admitted by his relatives in the Denkannikottai GH following his suicide bid by consuming poison. The doctors gave first aid and referred the case to another government hospital in Krishnagiri because of his condition getting worse.
The Ambulance run by GVK-EMRI and the project 100 per cent funded by the state for the life-saving mission, was transporting Karagappa to Krishnagiri. But, the vehicle broke down, just 500 meters away from the Denkannikottai GH, after one of its wheels came off the moving vehicle. Luckily, Karagappa was taken to Krishnagiri in another ambulance.
Sources said the vehicle has done around 2.5 lakh-km since it joined the 108 ambulance fleet and termed as unfit for further use in the ambulance services.
It was also alleged that the Denkannikottai incident has highlighted the poor maintenance of the 108 vehicles and the crew was forced to run the vehicles without considering the safety though 'GVK-EMRI' was informed about the fault in the vehicles....