A 30-year-old auto-rickshaw driver was killed and two schoolchildren injured after a speeding dumper collided with an auto and a van ferrying schoolchildren at southwest Delhi’s Dwarka on Saturday morning, police said.
The accident, police said, took place at a traffic intersection in Dwarka’s Sector 6 around 6am when the driver of the speeding dumper, laden precariously to the brim with sand, lost control of the vehicle while approaching the accident spot from Sector 9.
“Both the auto-rickshaw and the school van had stopped at the traffic signal and wanted to proceed towards Dhaula Kuan when the dumper rammed the school van which was ferrying around 15 kids to the Kendriya Vidyalaya in the Delhi Cantonment area,” said an officer.
The impact of the hit made the dumper push the school van several metres forward before its driver, later identified as 33-year-old Umar Din, slammed the brakes in an unsuccessful bid to stop it and made it topple on to an auto-rickshaw on its right side.
While the crushing impact of the dumper is suspected to have killed auto driver Surjit, 30, immediately, two schoolchildren, 10-year-old Milan and Sreyansh, 16, were injured during the collision.
“All three victims were rushed to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital where Surjit was declared dead but the children were discharged after being administered first-aid,” the officer said. A case of causing death due to rash driving has been registered and the errant driver has been arrested.