Eighteen-year-old Shivani is unable to recount the horror she went through on Friday. She saw her younger sister Anjali (16) and friend Neelam (18) getting killed before her eyes and her father getting critically injured.
The trio were on a motorcycle and were hit by a speeding truck that had jumped the red light at Mukundpur Chowk in Adarsh Nagar area of northwest Delhi. They were crushed between the truck and a trolley. The truck dragged the motorcycle about 50 metres before ramming into a stationary tempo.
Jagdish Sisodia, a medical practitioner, was on way to drop his two daughters to school in Shalimar Bagh when the mishap occurred. “I was going to my sister’s school along with my father. I saw my friend on the way and asked her to accompany us. I got down a little before the traffic intersection point. Before I could figure out what was happening, they were crushed between the truck and the trolley,” said Shivani.
Anjali was a Class X student and Neelam was studying in Class XII at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School.
“My daughter was always in a hurry to reach school. She did not want to miss out anything in the classroom. My husband is battling for his life at the hospital. I do not know whether he would survive or not,” said Neelam, Anjali’s mother.
The errant truck driver, Ram Niwas, who was also injured, has been arrested. His helper Prasadi and the driver of the other two vehicles Jawahar and Sikander also received injuries.
“My daughter wanted to be a doctor. She always took an autorickshaw to school. Fate had something else in store for her and she took a lift from her friend’s father. Only a day ago she had enrolled for computer courses and was quite excited,” said Jageshwari Devi, Neelam’s mother.
“We have taken the blood samples of the driver and are probing whether he was drunk or not. We have arrested him,” said NS Bundela, DCP (northwest).