A speeding Haryana Roadways bus crushed a 21-year-old man to death on the Gurgaon Expressway on Thursday morning. This was the first such incident of accident related death reported on the Gurgaon Expressway ever since it was inaugurated in January.
The victim Narendera Singh worked as a lane attendant at the 32-lane toll plaza at Delhi-Gurgaon border. Singh succumbed to his death in a private hospital.
Police said the incident happened when the speeding bus entered the lane and tried to pass through the toll barrier without stopping. There were other Roadways buses in front of it. “The lane attendant was trying to clear the way when the speeding bus rammed into him,” said Vandana Dhir, head of corporate communication department of concessionaire company DSC.
Dhir said the incident took place at around 7 in the morning when a Haryana Roadways bus (No. HR 55 C8015) coming from Delhi side towards Gurgaon entered lane no. 24 (a tag lane). Dhir said that the bus was fitted with non-stop tolling device. The driver fled from the spot soon after the incident. The bus was returning to Gurgaon from Baijnaath (Himachal Pradesh) via Delhi.
The police have registered a case of negligent driving causing death under section 304A of IPC against the driver. Narendra was rushed to Paras Hospital in a critical condition and later succumbed to his injuries.
Krishan Kumar, the investigating officer said that he had seen the bus passing through the toll plaza in the CCTV footage and it was this bus only that had hit Nagender.
DSC official Dhir said that incidents of lane agent getting hit by speeding bus were frequent at the expressway. “The vehicles are required to get a bit slow and then pass. Unfortunately speeding vehicles particularly the buses, which are fitted with smart tags pass the tag lane at the same speed putting the lives of the lane agent,” said Dhir.