Three Delhi University students returning from a birthday party were killed and two of their friends critically injured when their speeding car crashed into a bus parked on a Malviya Nagar road in south Delhi at around 3.30am Tuesday.
The impact of the collision, on Press Enclave Road, was so severe that the head of one of the victims, Vikas Sharma, who was sitting in the front, was found a few feet away from the mangled heap the maroon Lancer was reduced to.
Police said there were no tyre marks on the spot, indicating that the car was being driven at such a high speed — possibly at around 150kmph — that the driver didn't even get the time to brake. The roof of the car was ripped off.
One of the five men was drunk, said the police without naming anyone. A hookah (water pipe) was also recovered from the car.
Sharma, 23, was a third-year student at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. His 19-year-old cousin, Mayank Pratap Chauhan, a first-year student of PGDAV College, and Akash Sharma, 21, a student of School of Open Learning, too, were killed. The three were from Chhattisgarh.
The left side of the car bore the brunt of the collision and the faces of the two men sitting on the side were crushed beyond recognition.
They were identified from their clothes.
The police said the driver was trying to overtake a Xylo from the left when the car ran into a bus parked barely 100metres from the local Metro station.
A car suddenly emerged from the left, swerved and crashed into the bus within no time, said one of the occupants of the Xylo, which was dropping the staff from a BPO. The man didn't wish to be identified.
"We are lucky to have survived. The car could have hit our vehicle, too," he said.
Though it wasn't clear who was driving, the police said one of the injured -- Vikas Berewa, 20, a student of PGDAV College, or and Vipul Garg, 20, who is studying to be a chartered accountant- were at the wheel as they were sitting on the right.
The group had borrowed the car from a friend, the police said.