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Electric rickshaw battery explosion kills one, injures four

03 December 2020

A 12-year old boy was killed and four people were injured on December 2 after a battery for an electric Rickshaw exploded while charging. The incident happened in a home near India’s capital city New Delhi.

Representative image, Electric Rickshaws - Image: Wikimedia/User: Sanu N
Representative image, Electric Rickshaws - Image: Wikimedia/User: Sanu N

The Hindustan Times reports that the incident occurred around 05:00 local time. Local police said that a child who works as a rickshaw driver had taken the battery out of an electric rickshaw to charge overnight inside his home.

The force of the blast destroyed a brick wall which fell on a neighbour, his two 8-year old sons, and his 12-year old nephew. The nephew was trapped under the wall before being freed by his family and rushed to hospital, however he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The rickshaw driver’s father was also injured in the incident after he was splashed by battery acid.


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