Nagpur: Driving too carelessly by gypsy drivers in wildlife parks is proving to be very dangerous for tourists. A family from Amravati had a narrow escape after crashing into a roadside drain due to reckless driving in the Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR).
Shrikant Warhekar also said, “We (2 families) had booked a safari from Chikhaldara to Vairat for Rs 7,000 on the date of November 5. We were 12 years old with three kids and rode in two different gypsies. Since I had children in my vehicle, I asked driver Shoaib to slow down.”
However, the driver drove at @55kmph. A pickup van coming from behind at a blind turn overtook the Gypsy and at the same time, a car came from the opposite direction.
Critically injured in a hit-and-run near Sirkada
“As our driver was driving at a very high speed, he completely lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the drain. Thankfully everyone was safe. And guide Prakash Tayde suffered internal injuries. Another vehicle was called and we completed the safari.” Shrikant Warhekar said.
Shrikant Warhekar also said, “Action should also be taken against these vehicle drivers and owners. I had a very bad experience during a safari in Melghat on 12th June 2022 as the vehicle had run out of diesel, about 55 minutes were wasted till the driver called another vehicle to fetch petrol. These vehicle owners are giving bad name to the park and strict action should be taken.”
On October 4, 2022, a 19-year-old girl was killed and critically injured in a hit-and-run near Sirkada by a heavily drunk gypsy driver from Tadoba Buffer.