Five people were killed and two others injured when a speeding mini truck overturned on the Yamuna Expressway near Mathura early on Wednesday. Police said the truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel and hit the divider.
"There were seven farmers in the canter, carrying vegetables, coming from Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh via Agra. Six of them were sitting on the top of vehicle, while one farmer was sitting with the driver and his helper. Around 2:15am, the driver dozed off and hit the divider near a bridge.
Since the truck was speeding, all the passengers atop the truck fell over the bridge and landed on huge stones below the bridge. Huge sacks of vegetables also fell on them. A villager who was nearby heard the accident and informed an employee of the toll plaza. A patrol party came to spot and informed the ambulance service on the expressway," said Raju Babu Singh, superintendent of police, Mathura (rural).
The accident spot is 79 kilometre from zero point of Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida.
All the victims were rushed to Swarn Jayanti Samudaik Hospital in Mathura. The doctors declared five farmers brought dead while the two survivors are critical. The deceased have been identified as Dhaniram (50), Surjeet (18), Avnish (34), Ahwaran Singh (55) and Jamaluddin(40). Those injured were identified as Shaqeel Ahmed and Hukum Chand.
The injured told the police that the truck was speeding and its tyre burst due to the impact. The driver and his helper had fled the spot after the accident.
On August 25, a 40-year-old Delhi businessman lost his life while three other members of his family were critically injured when his car collided with a stationary truck on the newly opened Yamuna Expressway. The family was on its way back from Gwalior via Agra.
Though Noida police claimed to have restricted the movement of heavy vehicles on the expressway during the day, such vehicles continue to ply during day time. Noida police had earlier claimed that heavy vehicles will not be allowed on the expressway from 9am to 9pm.
"We will be stricter now keeping in mind the recent accidents involving heavy vehicle," said Praveen Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar.