A very miserable incident took place this morning. A businessman named Mihir Panchal was travelling in his Ford Endeavour, when suddenly it caught fire. The car’s engine bay was on fire first. Mihir tried to park it on the roadside as reported by the locals of the area.
While Mihir was stopping the car on the side and trying to get out soon, there was a sudden blast in the car. Unfortunately Mr. Mihir lost his life in this accident.
A Gujarati news agency Divya Bhaskar reported that after the fire the car stopped operating. Though Mihir was wearing a seatbelt, but it got jammed and he couldn’t get out in time. The blast took the whole car on fire.
Police and Fire Brigade came after being called by the Locals. But till then it was too late and the car was totally destroyed. The Fire was put out by the Fire Brigade, and police further investigated the case. The reason for the fire is not clear and will be investigated. Also the car was fairly new.
The thing to worry is that Ford Endeavour has previously been related to another event of catching fire in India. Similarly, few months back in Karnataka ,Dr Sharana Bopal Reddy’s Ford Endeavour also caught fire due to some technical fault. Also, the SUV was sent out for testing to find out the reason behind the fire. Mr. Reddy and his passenger were lucky enough to escape in time and survive.
Ford India needs to check into the issue immediately. Being a premium SUV loaded with all the safety equipment this type of technical failure is not expected. We hope, Ford India gets out with a statement soon.
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