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As per witnesses, the 25-year-old’s Mercedes Benz GLC SUV collided with the guard railing on road, before catching fire. The player reportedly to break the car's window open to get out, while the fire was brought under control with great difficulty.
He was then rushed to Saksham Hospital.
According to the doctors, Pant has suffered injuries on his forehead and leg. Superintendent of Police Dehat Swapan Kishore Singh reached the location following the incident.
“Cricketer Rishabh Pant's car met with an accident between Manglaur and Narsan in Haridwar district. He has been shifted to Max Hospital Dehradun after giving primary treatment at Roorkee Civil Hospital. Accident took place on NH-58 of Manglaur PS area,” said Kishore, per quotes in ANI.
Dr Sushil Nagar, chairman of Saksham Hospital, said that at present Rishabh's condition is stable, he is being referred from Roorkee to Delhi. Pant will then have to undergo plastic surgery.
The Haridwar-born player was traveling to his home in Roorkee when the unfortunate incident took place.
Reports also state that Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami has instructed the authorities to ensure all possible arrangements are in place. While wishing speedy recovery of Rishabh Pant, Dhami said that all the expenses of his treatment would be borne by the state government, while air ambulance will also be provided, if there is a need.
The president of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA), Rohan Jaitley also issued a statement, saying the player is out of danger.
"As per preliminary reports, Rishabh Pant is out of danger. The hospital will issue a medical bulletin shortly. Rishabh is family and DDCA will provide all the help required," he said.
Pant Was Returning Home to Surprise His Mother: SP
According to SP Dehat Swapan Kishore Singh, Pant was alone in the car when the incident took place. He was traveling to his Roorkee house to surprise his mother.
"He wanted to surprise his mother. That is why he had left Roorkee alone in his car late at night. He himself was driving the car. Suddenly he dozed off, due to which this accident happened," he stated.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ashish Yagnik of Max Hospital stated that the cricketer is currently under the supervision of a plastic surgeon and an orthopedic. His condition remains stable, with the Delhi cricketer communicating with the doctors.
BCCI Issue Statement, Say Pant ‘Remains Stable'
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have also issued a statement on the current health condition of Pant, saying the player is stable and is now awaiting MRI scans.
"Rishabh has two cuts on his forehead, a ligament tear in his right knee and has also hurt his right wrist, ankle, toe and has suffered abrasion injuries on his back. Rishabh’s condition remains stable, and he has now been shifted to Max Hospital, Dehradun, where he will undergo MRI scans to ascertain the extent of his injuries and formulate his further course of treatment," the statement from secretary Jay Shah read.
"The BCCI is in constant touch with Rishabh’s family while the Medical Team is in close contact with the doctors currently treating Rishabh. The Board will see to it that Rishabh receives the best possible medical care and gets all the support he needs to come out of this traumatic phase," the board further confirmed.