A 36-year-old Air-India airhostess was killed and three others critically injured in a pile-up of three vehicles on the Mahipalpur-Gurgaon road in south Delhi on early Friday morning, police said.
The airhostess, Shakambri Zutshi Dhar, was on her way from her Faridabad home to the airport to report for her flight to Kolkata in her office cab when the accident took place on the Rajokari flyover around 5 am.
Zutshi is survived by a seven-year-old son and her husband, who is suffering from blood cancer. He is undergoing treatment at a private hospital, police said.
The Tata Indigo cab was behind a Toyota Innova that was following a container truck. All the vehicles were speeding, police said.
At the Rajokri flyover near Mahipalpur, the trick driver braked suddenly. The Innova driver lost control and rammed the truck from behind, Nupur Prasad, additional DCP (south), said
The driver of the cab in which the airhostess was travelling on the rear seat crashed into the Innova from behind.
The airhostess was thrown off her seat and the upper body landed on the cab’s bonnet after smashing the windscreen. Her head hit the rear portion of the Innova in which two persons were travelling, said a police officer.
A passerby called the police control room. A police team took the airhostess, cab driver AK Desai and the occupants of the Innova to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead on admission.
The cab driver had fastened his seat belt, because of which he was saved. Zutshi suffered the maximum impact as she was seated in the middle of the rear seat without a seat belt. “Zutshi’s body was handed over to her family members after autopsy,” the officer said.
An FIR under sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing grievous hurt) and section 304A (causing death due to negligence) of the IPC was registered at the Vasant Kunj (south) police station.
The driver of the truck was arrested and the vehicles were impounded.