Hyderabad: Telugu actor Rajashekhar sustained minor injuries when he lost control of his car, crashed into a road median and somersaulted thrice at Pedda Golconda on the Outer Ring Road in Shamshabad in the early hours of Wednesday. A flat tyre is suspected to have led to the mishap.
The incident occurred at 1.30 am when the actor was returning home from Ramoji Film City, driving a Mercedes Benz SUV, reportedly at a high speed. He lost control of the vehicle when he reached the toll plaza at Pedda Golconda.
“It is yet to be ascertained if the flat tyre led to the mishap or it got damaged post the accident,” police said.
The car, TS07FZ1234, registered on the actor’s name, somersaulted thrice and went on for about 200 m on the road. Seven air balloons in the car went off after the vehicle hit the median, due to which the actor escaped with only minor injuries to his face.
The Shamshabad police booked a case of negligent driving and seized the car which was heavily damaged. Liquor bottles and a glass were found in the car. It is yet to be known if the actor was driving under the influence of alcohol.
“Preliminary investigation indicates he was not driving under the influence of alcohol. Based on further investigation, action will be initiated,” officials said.
The actor said, “Seeing my vehicle, passersby pulled me out of the vehicle. They recognised me. I borrowed their phone and immediately informed the police and then called up my family members.”
This is the third time in the recent past that the actor has met with an accident. He was earlier injured in accidents in Hayathnagar and Rajendranagar. Incidentally, there are three pending traffic challans of Rs 1,000 each against the car for overspeeding and dangerous driving.