NEW DELHI: Six men were killed in the wee hours of Friday when the Ford EcoSport car they were travelling in collided with a truck on the GT Karnal Highway near Budhpur in outer Delhi’s Alipur village.
Police said the six, including a man and his nephew, were heading towards Murthal in Haryana to have paranthas when the accident occurred around 4pm. It is suspected that all six of them were drunk.
The car driver lost control over the vehicle that was travelling at a speed of 130 kmph after a truck that had a punctured tyre suddenly slowed down in front, said the police. The truck driver, Shambhu, has been arrested.
The deceased were identified as Deepak Yadav, Nishant Sharma, Amit Kumar Singh, Vivek Tiwari, Ansar Ahmed and Vikas Singh — all said to be in the age group of 22-37. It was claimed that Deepak Yadav was behind the wheel when the Ford EcoSport rammed a truck from behind.
The vehicle was mangled. The wreckage had to be cut open to retrieve the men who were then taken to two hospitals.
“The car might have been speeding. The truck they crashed into was not moving. I think the tyre of the truck was punctured. It was lying on the road,” said a police officer, adding a case was registered. The truck driver’s culpability in the accident was being verified, the officer said.
Sujeet Pandey, a close friend of the six men, claimed that after the accident, while two men were shifted to Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital, the rest were taken to Satyawadi Raja Harish Chander Hospital in Narela.
“Though two of them died on the spot, the others were critical. Had they been transferred to any nearest hospital on time, they might just have been saved,” said Shri Dutt Sharma, brotherin-law of Nishant.
The family and friends of the six further claimed they were all business partners who ran a scrap business that required them to travel in and around Delhi, including Sonepat and Panipat.
“They left after 10pm from DLF Ankur Vihar. I had met them just before that. They did not tell me where they were going. Perhaps they had some work. I got to know about the accident around 6am,” said Sujeet Pandey.
According to relatives of the deceased, apart from Vivek, all others were married. Amit’s wife is eight months pregnant.
“Amit got married around ten months ago. He used to stay with me in Sonia Vihar. All of them knew each other very well. I got to know about the accident at 6am,” recounted a shocked Krishna Kumar Singh, Amit’s brother.