Over 100 passengers on their way from Jaipur woke up to a rude shock when their Volvo bus rammed a stationary dumper on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on Thursday.
To add to the tragedy, another bus hit the Volvo from behind. More than 25 persons were injured in the early morning accident.
Most passengers were sleeping around 5.30 am when the collision took place between Rajiv Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk.
“We were sleeping and the crash came as a shock. Seconds later, another bus coming from behind rammed into our bus and we got trapped. Police officials rescued us,” said Shiv Vijay Ram, an injured passenger.
According to the police, the dumper was parked wrongly on the right lane and the driver of the bus failed to spot the vehicle under the cover of darkness.
“The dumper had a flat tyre. The driver should have parked in the left lane. Though the bus driver was also speeding, he should have seen the vehicle. The second bus should also have maintained some distance. Considering the circumstances, a case of rash and negligent driving has been registered against the three drivers,’ said a senior police officer. The three drivers, however, are absconding as they fled the spot after the accident.
Meanwhile, traffic movement on the Expressway was adversely hit as it took more than an hour to tow away the badly damaged vehicles.
“Injured passengers have been rushed to Medanta Medicity. Seven people were admitted while others were discharged after first aid. All are said to be stable,” the official further said.
“We have recorded statements of the injured passengers and the buses have been impounded,” he added.