When Amandeep Singh, Bhupesh Sharma and Rakesh Nair left for their home after attending a party in Gurgaon at 3.30am on Saturday, they did not know this would be their last drive.
The executives of a five-star hotel were killed on the spot as their speeding Swift D'Zire car dashed into a Metro Pillar on MG Road Metro station. The impact of the accident was such that the car was crushed beyond recognition and the youths were trapped in its mangle.
It took the rescuers, including the police, about 30-40 minutes to retrieve their bodies from the car. "It looks as if the driver tried to control the car after he hit a soft drink trolley. After one of the tyres burst, he lost control and the car took a 180 degree turn with its back crashing on to the Metro pillar. The victims died on the spot," said Jagdish Prasad, SHO, Sector 29 police station.
The post-mortem reports could not establish that the deceased were under the influence of alcohol. However, the viscera samples have been sent to forensic laboratory for further examination.
The deceased were employees of Orbit Resort that owns a well-known chain of five-star and seven-star hotels in India and abroad, and were employed as stewards in a Gurgaon hotel. Amandeep, a resident of sector 10 A in Gurgaon, was driving the car. While Bhupesh is from Ajmer, Rajasthan, Rakesh was from 24 Parganas district in West Bengal.
According to eyewitnesses, the car was speeding. "I was sleeping in my auto when the incident took place. I heard a loud noise and woke up," said Ramesh Kumar, an auto driver at MG Metro station.
The bodies of the victims were sent to civil hospital. According to the post-mortem reports, the cause of death was multiple injuries.