Scores of commuters were stranded and vehicular movement was affected after a major accident occurred due to dense fog on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on Monday.
Compounding the woes of commuters was a temporary breakdown in the toll collection system at the Sirhaul-Delhi plaza. This resulted in an hour-long jam for Gurgaon-bound vehicles on the Delhi side.
The police said a Gurgaon-bound truck loaded with cement bags rammed the median of the expressway near the Rajiv Chowk flyover and overturned.
The driver of the truck, which was on its way to Gurgaon from Jaipur around 6am, could not see the expressway divider and lost control of the vehicle.
The front portion of the truck ran over the median and overturned on the road diagonally. Hundreds of cement bags were strewn around on the road.
The traffic police later diverted Delhi-bound vehicles from Hero Honda crossing towards Subhash Chowk. The jam lasted three hours until the truck and cement bags were removed.
Meanwhile, commuters headed to Gurgaon from Delhi were hassled as the toll collection mechanism broke down at the Gurgaon-Sirhaul toll plaza.
This caused a huge pile-up of vehicles up to Rajokri flyover as well as on the service lane.
“Vehicles moved at a snail’s pace around 9am due to some problem at the toll booth. The operators allowed vehicles to pass through without paying the toll,” said Anil Kumar, a senior executive with a Delhi-based private firm, who had to attend a seminar in Gurgaon.
A spokesperson of the Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL) claimed that a minor glitch had affected toll collection in a couple of lanes and was rectified soon.