Four men, including a father-son duo from Delhi, were charred to death when their car caught fire in Manesar area of Gurgaon early on Tuesday, police said.
The car caught fire after it was hit by a speeding trailer from behind and crashed into a truck in front of it on National Highway 8, police said. The accident led to a massive traffic jam for around six hours by which time the mangled remains of the car were removed, the police added.
The incident was reported around 1.45 am on Tuesday when the victims were returning from Jaipur in a Santro car.
The occupants were identified as Ishwar Lal Gupta (55), his son Ankit Gupta (22), Ankit’s friend Kapil (23) and their driver Arun Kumar (24).
Police said Gupta — a resident of Narela in northwest Delhi — had gone to Jaipur along with his son and his friend as the two had to appear for an engineering entrance examination on Sunday.
“When their car reached Manesar, a speeding trailer hit them from behind.... The trailer’s driver fled from the spot,” said a senior police officer.
Police said the bodies were badly charred and the car had to be cut open to retrieve them. “We handed over the bodies to their families after a postmortem,” said Narendra Sangwan, SHO, Manesar.
A case has been lodged against the trailer’s driver.