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Truck overturns, leads to traffic jam for 8 hours

A heavy goods carrier brought the entire traffic to a standstill for eight hours at one of the most crucial junctions in the Capital on Wednesday morning, police said.

delhi Updated: Dec 02, 2010 01:40 IST
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A heavy goods carrier brought the entire traffic to a standstill for eight hours at one of the most crucial junctions in the Capital on Wednesday morning, police said.

The vehicle, which was speeding along on the Gurgaon-Parade Road junction, overturned at 8 am, blocking the carriageway for eight hours. The incident occurred after the driver failed to maintain his balance.

“The truck was finally towed away at 3 pm after a special hydraulic crane from west Delhi’s Mayapuri area was commissioned for the purpose.

The vehicle was overloaded with goods and its removal ended-up blocking the carriageway next to it as well,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

Garg said that the accident had ended-up blocking traffic en route the IGI airport, Rao Tula Ram Marg, Vasant Vihar and the Mahipalpur-Mehrauli road. Commuters headed to central Delhi from both Dhaula Kuan and Gurgaon were left stranded for hours without much help.

“I had left home at 8:30 am and reached my office at Barakhamba Road only at 11 am. There was absolutely no space as two lanes of the three-lane road were jammed. I should have taken the Metro,” said Rajnish Ahuja (35), a sales executive and resident of Moti Bagh.

The traffic police said the errant driver has been arrested and booked for rash and negligent driving and relevant sections of the IPC.