Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant met with an accident near Uttarakhand’s Roorkee early on Friday morning and suffered injuries after his car rammed into road dividers and later caught fire. Pant, who is reportedly out of danger, was on his way to his hometown Roorkee from Delhi when the accident occurred.
After being initially admitted to a private hospital in Roorkee, Pant was later referred to a Dehradun hospital. He has reportedly suffered injuries on the head, along with a ligament injury on his right ankle, police sources said.
The cops said he was lucky to survive such a horrific accident. He further stated, “Pant sustained injuries on his forehead, a hand and right knee. However, he is conscious and able to talk. The car he was driving was completely burnt. He is lucky to survive the severe accident.”
Another cop stated, “It is likely that Pant fell asleep while driving because there was no fog on the road which could have affected the visibility. He has a cut on his left eyebrow and a ligament injury on his right knee apart from having bruises on his back.The charred car has been taken away for further investigation. It is not known whether the airbags had opened or not because nothing is left inside to verify that. A probe is on.”
Talking to the media, Medical Superintendent at Max Hospital, Dehradun, Dr Ashish Yagnik said that prima facie they did not find any serious injuries on the cricketer and he is stable. “He is under evaluation and a team of doctors is attending to him. Only after some tests can we tell more. As of now, he is stable and there is not much to worry about,” Yagnik said.
“Orthopaedic and plastic surgeons are attending him,” Yagnik further said, adding that the hospital will soon issue a health bulletin.
According to a statement issued by the state government, Pant’s car met with an accident near Mohammadpur Jat under the Mangalore police station area in Haridwar district around 5.30 am. He was soon rushed to Saksham Hospital in Roorkee by the 108 ambulance and local police. From there, he was referred to Dehradun.
Police sources said that Pant was driving the car himself and the accident took place around 5.30 am. Pant reportedly lost control of the car and hit the divider before being thrown out of the windscreen due to the impact, sources added. The car immediately caught fire and was charred within minutes. The fire tenders reached the spot and extinguished the fire.
“Taking details from the officers on cricketer Rishabh Pant injured in a car accident, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami asked officers to ensure all possible arrangements for the proper treatment of the cricketer. Praying for his speedy recovery, CM announced that the state government will bear all expenses of the treatment. An air ambulance will also be provided if required,” the statement by the state government said.