A two-year-old girl was killed and about 30 people were injured in a pile-up of 20 vehicles triggered by fog on the Yamuna Expressway near Bhaipur at Jewar in Greater Noida on Friday.
"The incident took place around 7.15am when a Uttar Pradesh Roadways bus en route from Noida to Agra collided with a canter as visibility was low due to dense fog," said SK Sharma, regional manager, Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC).
Police sources corroborated Sharma that visibility was indeed poor. "Soon, about 20 vehicles collided in a series, in which 30 people were injured. One ambulance that had come to take the injured also collided with a vehicle due to zero visibility," said Wasim Khan, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Jewar.
Khan said they have been appealing to drivers to go slow. "People should realise that driving at high speed in such foggy conditions can turn fatal. It took us more than two hours to clear the road," he added.
The injured were admitted to Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida. However, many chose to leave for hospitals in Delhi.
"Two-year-old Suhana was pronounced dead on arrival. Sixteen injured people were admitted in the hospital of which 12 were discharged after providing first-aid. Pawan, Pop Chand and Bhushan, who suffered critical injuries, are recuperating in the ICU," said KK Sharma, director, Kailash Hospital.
Aman Sharma, a resident of Noida who was going to Agra, said, "I managed to slow down my car near the site of the accident and prevented a collision. I also witnessed two mishaps in Mathura and Agra. But the impact was much less."
Five vehicles collided at two stretches in Mathura and Agra on the expressway. No injury was reported.
"Display boards - cautioning motorists to drive slow - have been put up at the entry points in both Agra and Greater Noida. But drivers ignore the warning and speed, leading to accidents. The fog lights do not work on expressways," said VN Tiwari, superintendent of police (traffic), Agra.