A 32-year-old man died and his wife injured in a freak accident at the newly-repaired Janak Setu flyover, near Mayapuri, on Saturday evening. Ironically, one of the height barriers which was recently installed there to prevent entry of heavy vehicles on the flyover, caused the accident.
The victim, Jasram Meena, was a male nurse. He was on his way to his house in Dabri from the Delhi Cantonment area around 10 pm when the accident occurred. Meena was driving a bike and his wife was riding pillion.
"A speeding truck rammed into the height barrier -- mainly a heavy iron beam -- on the flyover. The impact made the beam recoil and hit the biker (Meena), killing him instantly," said a senior police officer.
Meena, police said, worked as a male medical nursing attendant at the ESI Hospital.
Police rushed him to the neaby DDU hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. His wife, Urmila Devi, was discharged after being given primary medical aid.
According to police, the horizontal beam had been fixed on the flyover — which had been under repair for the past 11 months — to restrict the movement of heavy vehicles on either of its carriageways.
Truck driver Bhim Yadav, 55, a native of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested and a case of rash and negligent driving registered against him. "Despite a board proclaiming that the movement of heavy vehicles on the flyover was restricted, the accused truck driver drove onto it and that too at breakneck speed," said the officer.
"Meena was on the opposite carriageway when the uprooted beam caught him square in the chest. It sent the bike sliding on the road even as Yadav tried to flee the spot before being cornered by onlookers," he added.