This Kia Seltos has got crushed under a big truck at the newly opened Atal Tunnel. Read about the complete incident here.
The Indian government recently inaugurated the Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh and is now opened to the public. Atal tunnel is the world’s longest highway tunnel that is built over an altitude of 10,000 feet above the sea level. This tunnel is 9.02 km long, and it reduces the travel time between Manali and Leh by 4 to 5 hours. Many people have already visited the world’s longest tunnel, while others are still planning to go over there. Nevertheless, the sad part is that many travellers have underestimated this tunnel, which has resulted in three accidents on the first day of inauguration. People are overspeeding and taking unnecessary overtakes inside the tunnel to check the capabilities of their vehicle.
Right now, no casualties have been reported in all these three crashes. Among all these three accidents, there’s an accident where a Kia Seltos was involved in a serious accident. A big truck loaded with goods was beside the Seltos, and it suddenly lost the control and fell on the SUV. It’s not confirmed whether the Seltos owner was trying to take a fast cut, which led the massive truck to lose its control and fall on the car. There were some heavy goods loaded on the truck, which completely crushed the Kia SUV. Thankfully, all the passengers sitting inside the SUV were able to escape the car with minor scratches and bruises. There were four passengers sitting inside the car who had come all the way down from Haryana.
The roof and the pillars of the vehicle have totally got smashed. The main impact of the accident came on the driver’s side. These pictures clearly show the strong built quality of the car. The India-spec Kia Seltos has not gone through any safety rating till now. But, the Australian-spec model has received a 5-star rating. It comes loaded with safety features like airbags, blind spot detection, ABS with EBD, traction control, BA, front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera.