Our life is like a bubble in a river, like the dew it falls in night and disappears in the morning. Like sound/it comes and goes away. Who knows what is in store for us? Who knows what is going to happen the next moment?
I can never forget the last year's 17 August. It was a day when I witnessed a road accident between a bus and a truck. It filled me with great horror and I remained upset for many days. I saw death very close to life.
I was going to Jalandhar with my father by bus. Our driver was very harsh. He appeared to be in some undue hurry. The young people felt thrilled. Even I was too very excited. But the aged persons felt alarmed at the high speed of the bus. They requested the driver to slow down the speed. But he did not pay attention. He kept on driving in his own way.
In the meantime it so happened that another bus tried to overtake our bus. Our driver took it as a challenge far behind. God knows why people take risk in such situations. None of the drivers was ready to compromise.
As a result both the buses began to run parallel on the road. All the passengers were very much horrified because it such was really very risky. Soon a truck came from the opposite side. The drivers of the buses might have tried to apply brakes at this juncture. But it was too late and within seconds we saw a head-on collision between the overtaking bus and the truck. The driver of our bus also stopped.
We all rushed to the spot of accident. It was a very serious accident. Many passengers including the drivers of both the vehicles died on the spot. Many passengers got serious injury. They were moaning and groaning in pain.
There was a lady who was crying bitterly because the accident took the lives of her husband and son. It was really a very pathetic scene. I had never seen such a heart-rending sight in my life. I had become speechless. But it was not a moment to stand and watch the scene. I went to nearby booth and telephoned the police about the accident.
Soon police party from Phagwara reached the spot with a team of doctors. The injured were put into the ambulance van and driven to a nearby hospital. The dead were sent for postmortem. Those who had got minor injuries were given first aid.
Most horrible was the scene of disaster. Accidents are always dreadful because they lead to injuries, loss of life and property. In no time a person loses everything. Like the lady whose beautiful dream was shattered in seconds with the death of his husband and son. I feel pained whenever I am reminded of the accident. The drivers must be considerate. They must follow the traffic rules to avoid such accidents.