Two persons were killed and five others injured after a freak accident involving four vehicles took place at a busy west Delhi intersection on Friday night, the police said.
Hours after the incident, the Delhi Police are still groping in the dark to ascertain the actual sequence of events leading to it.
"The accident involved a tempo trailer, a smaller goods carrier truck, a Tata Sumo and a motorcycle. It was reported from near the main DDA market located on the Ring Road at the Raja Garden intersection around 1:50 am Since there are no eyewitnesses we are yet to ascertain the actual sequence of events," said Sharad Aggarwal, DCP (west).
According to the police, the accident took place when the tempo trailer was en route to Naraina from Dhaula Kuan.
“Prima facie, it seems that the driver of the tempo trailer lost control of his vehicle while approaching the intersection, ramming it into the smaller goods carrier plying in front of it,” said a senior police officer from the investigation team.
Such was the impact of the hit that the goods carrier was shoved a good hundred metres forward before it crashed against the adjacent road divider and turned turtle and crushing the Tata Sumo and the motorcycle, police said.
“After being hit, the driver of the smaller truck must have attempted to manoeuvre his vehicle away from the divider, but failed,” the officer said.
According to the police, a pavement dweller identified as Sanjay Singh was one the two persons to have lost their lives in the freak crash.
“Singh was sleeping on the adjacent pavement and got crushed beneath the vehicles. The other casualty is yet to be identified. The couple on the bike Pankaj and Nisha are recuperating at the DDU hospital,” said the officer.
The police said the drivers of the three wrecked four wheelers had fled the scene. “The drivers of all the vehicles fled the scene and consequently a case of rash and negligent driving against unknown persons has been registered at the Rajouri Garden Police Station,” Aggarwal said.
“A manhunt has been launched to identify and apprehend the persons behind the accident,” he added.