Delhi: Slum dwellers brought out hammers and bricks to make open the doors attached with the badly damaged car, even while one of them called the police. They certainly were preparing to load the victims on the cycle carts to move them towards the hospital as soon as the police arrived.

Santosh, who works strange jobs for a full-time income, was sitting outside his jhuggi situated barely 50 metres from the collision spot as he listened to a loud screaming sound.

“I thought two cars had collided on the flyover above. I looked up to see a car crash through the railing and fall below. It had turned upside down after the fall,” said Santosh, guessing that the car was travelling at a speed of 60-70 km/hr.

Calling off to his neighbours, he straight away ran to the car to simply help its residents. “All the seven inside were unconscious and piled up on each other. I don’t think anyone was moving or calling out for help,” said Santosh.

When the locals tried to open the car’s doors, they found them to be locked from inside. “We first tried to remove the broken glass panes of the car, but that was not enough to pull out the victims,” said Mithilesh Yadav, another local.

The slum dwellers subsequently brought out hammers and bricks while they moved about breaking open the doors even while certainly one of them called the police department. A few others climbed the car’s bonnet to support opening the car’s doors.

“We did not have any motor vehicles and it was not practically possible to drive any car down from the flyover. So, we decided to load the victims on our cycle carts and pedal them up the flyover so that they could be rushed to hospital,” said Manish Kumar, another eyewitness in Delhi.

Vijay Kumar, DCP (west), lauded the efforts of the slum dwellers. “They did everything within their means to rescue the victims before the police could arrive at the spot. The damage could have been greater if not for the locals,” said the DCP.

“There were so many books in the car. When police arrived, they even found identity cards which confirmed they were students,” said Santosh.