Rishabh Pant’s Mercedes SUV accident: Why fires in modern cars are harder to control

Dan Smith

indian cricket team wicket-keeper and hitter, reshab pants, met with a major accident near Roorkee while returning from Dehradun in a Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. Punt reportedly lost control of the vehicle and drove it over a divider for several meters. The impact was so strong that the cricketer was thrown through the windshield of the SUV.The vehicle immediately caught fire and was charred in minutes. Punt, meanwhile, was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where he is currently being treated for a head injury and ligament damage to his right ankle.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but what was left of the SUV was largely unrecognizable. It reminds me of how fast it spreads. However, it should be considered that modern internal combustion locomotives are very difficult to catch fire, but in the rare event that they do go up in flames, the fire will almost certainly engulf the vehicle rapidly. A clue can be taken from a recent incident in Delhi, where a vengeful man tried to set fire to one Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, with 20 cars parked near the burning car. As with the Punt accident, all 20 cars parked on the third basement floor of Delhi were burned to the ground by the time the police and seven fire engines put out the fire. was left at the scene with only the chassis remaining.
File photo: Rishabh Pant

File photo: Rishabh Pant

Both of these incidents reiterate the fact that modern vehicles are prone to becoming serious fire hazards and difficult to control in such unfortunate circumstances. A fusion of fabrics. Not to mention the large tank of combustible fuel in the rear of the vehicle. Unlike early vehicles with steel-framed doors and minimal hard plastics, modern vehicles are more complex and prone to irreversible fires.


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The GLE Coupe that Rishabh Pant rode is currently sold in two variations in Japan. We can't confirm the exact model of his GLE in the pants, but the performance SUV will be offered with 3- and 4-liter petrol engine options that can produce up to 594 horsepower and 850 Nm of torque. The cricketer was driving an SUV at the time of the accident and is currently undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.