Four people of a family were killed on Friday morning when the Honda City car they were travelling in rammed into a stationary truck near Nizampur bypass in Hapur.
Eyewitnesses said the accident took place after the driver of the car failed to spot the truck due to a dense fog cover. Three people sustained injures in the accident that took place around 9am.
According to police, the accident took place when the car with a family from Masuri in Ghaziabad was travelling back home from Vait in Hapur. The car hit the rear end of the stationary truck at Nizampur bypass. The incident took place when the highway was engulfed in dense fog the visibility on road was very poor.
“A dense fog cover had engulfed the area early on Friday morning and visibility was very low. The driver probably could not spot the stationary truck and rammed into it from behind. Four people were killed in the accident. We have received a complaint in this regard and a case will be lodged,” said Shailendra Rathor, circle officer (Hapur).
According to police, the deceased included the car driver Rashid, one Shahid, Shahid’s two-year-old daughter Zoya and his mother-in-law Jamila.
“My brother (Shahid) had gone to his in-laws’ house and stayed there overnight. He had hired the car. His mother-in-law (Jamila) was ill and he wanted to bring her to Ghaziabad. While returning back, the family met with an accident and three of our relatives were killed. The car driver also died due to critical injuries,” said Shahid’s brother Kale.
He said that Shahid’s wife Shamin and two others, Wasim and Yameen, sustained injuries in the accident.
“My sister-in-law (Shamin) is critical and has been admitted to a hospital in Meerut. I have lodged a police complaint against the driver who had parked his truck on the highway,” he added.
The presence of stationary trucks, parked illegally on roads, along with illegal cuts made by breaking road dividers are a common feature on NH-24. This has led to several major accidents in the past and causes traffic snarls on a daily basis.
Recent accidents on NH-24
September 30: Ttwo persons died while four others, including three minor children and a woman, were injured when a speeding mini truck broke the divider and rammed into a van coming from other side on NH-24, near Masuri, in Ghaziabad,
September 16: Four persons died when their speeding car hit a roadside tree while trying to avoid a bike over the road at Inayatpur near NH-24,
January 11: Six persons, including two BBA students, were killed in a major accident that took place over National Highway 24 (NH-24) at Masuri in Ghaziabad on Monday afternoon,
December 8, 2015: Four passengers, including the conductor, of a Haryana roadways bus were injured after the vehicle lost balance and over turned over NH-24 near Dasna during night,