A truck driver was killed in a high-speed crash at the Okhla flyover late on Saturday night, ironically, minutes after he had mowed down a cyclist.
Vishnu, the truck driver, rammed his truck loaded with building material into a container while fleeing the spot where he had run over a cyclist.
The impact of the crash was such that the police and the rescue teams had to use gas cutters to take Vishnu out of the vehicle. He was rushed to the AIIMS trauma centre where the doctors declared him dead on arrival.
“Eyewitnesses told us that Vishnu had hit a cyclist minutes before he rammed the truck into the container around 12.15am. Fearing that he would be caught, he sped up and while trying to overtake a container, rammed his vehicle into it,” a senior police officer said.
“It took two hours for a team of fire brigade and police to take Vishnu out of the mangled truck. He was alone in the truck,” the officer added.
Metres away from the spot, police recovered another body which was later identified as of Vijendra, 28, a native of Patna.
“Initial investigation suggests that Vijendra, who was riding a bicycle, was hit by the truck and came under the rear wheel of the vehicle. He was lying in a pool of blood. Vijendra works in a factory and was returning
to his Indra Vihar house when the accident took place,” the officer added.
A case has been registered at the Okhla police station and the police are tracing the owner of the truck. The bodies of both the victims have been preserved at the AIIMS mortuary.
Meanwhile, in another accident, three persons escaped with minor injuries after an Audi car crashed into a Skoda at Bhagwan Dass road near India Gate at 2am on Sunday. Police said though the car was badly damaged, and the air bags saved the occupants.
A couple was travelling in the Audi while four persons were travelling in the Skoda car.