Reduced visibility on city roads because of dense fog claimed two lives in East Delhi early on Wednesday morning.
A 30-year-old truck driver and his employer’s son were killed while a truck driver was seriously injured when six trucks crashed into each other near the Geeta Colony cremation ground around 3.15 am on Wednesday.
According to police, the deceased have been identified as Moolchand, the truck driver, and Rahul Kumar, 20.
The two were tying a rope to tow their mini-truck by another one when a speeding truck rammed them from behind.
A senior police officer said the victims were coming from Ashram Chowk. Near the Geeta Colony cremation ground, the rope got detached. They were tying it again when the accident took place.
Rahul's father Chhote Lal was standing near the spot when his only son and the driver were crushed between the two mini-trucks.
"Rahul and Moolchand were crushed between the two mini-trucks. In the meantime, more trucks rammed each other from behind due to poor visibility on the road. The dense fog led to the piling up of six trucks on the road," said the senior police officer. The driver of the fourth truck, identified as Hashim, 30, was badly injured. The victims, the officer said, were rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital where the doctors declared Rahul and Moolchand brought dead.
Hashim, who has suffered injuries on chest and legs, is being treated at the hospital.
"While the drivers of the last two trucks fled with their vehicles immediately after the accident, the police have impounded the other four trucks. The driver of the truck that caused the deaths fled, leaving behind his vehicle. Efforts are being made to nab him," the officer said.