At least three people died in road accidents and travel to and from Delhi was severely affected as dense fog enveloped the city and its adjoining areas starting late Saturday night.
An HCL software engineer, Jajpal Singh, was killed on National Highway 24 when blinded by the fog he drove his car too close to a truck carrying steel rods. He was on way to Noida from Ghaziabad.
“His car rammed into the truck. The rods went through the windscreen and Singh’s chest, killing him on the spot,” said AK Tripathi, Superintendent of Police.
In the second accident, Ajay Kumar, who was sitting in the front seat, died when his vehicle rammed into an autorickshaw near Mahipalpur. In the third accident, Chandan Singh, a daily-wager, was killed when a speeding vehicle hit him while he was crossing the road at Sector 125 on the Taj Expressway. “He probably did not see the vehicle due to dense fog,” said Tripathi.
These were the first severe fog-related accidents this winter.
The weather office has forecast fog for the next 24 hours, and more over the next few days. Such conditions usually last until the first week of January.
And they will cause fog-related travel disruptions as in the previous years.