A last-minute decision to visit Agra after partying all night turned life-threatening for four Delhi students when their speeding BMW hit a divider on the Yamuna expressway.
According to police, the victims have been identified as Puniya, Govinda, Sana and Nischint — all college students from Delhi. They were going to Agra via Yamuna expressway when the accident took place on Sunday morning. "The victims have told us that they attended a party at Shangri-La Hotel in Delhi where they suddenly decided to visit Agra. After the party, they left for Agra at around 6am,” said Rajkumar Mishra, circle officer(Jewar), Greater Noida. "Puniya was driving when she lost control of the vehicle and hit a divider. Since the car was being driven at a high speed, it overturned," he added.
A patrolling van on the highway noticed the car and immediately called an ambulance. The injured were rushed to Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida where Puniya's condition was said to be critical. "She is in ICU. She has got injuries on head and chest, but is out of danger," said a doctor at Kailash Hospital. The city police have confirmed the students were not under the influence of alcohol. The cops suspect the accident took place after the left rear tyre of the BMW burst. The car belonged to Nischint's father who works in an MNC. No FIR has been registered in the case.
Police fail to ban heavy vehicles
Despite a ban on the movement of heavy vehicles on the Yamuna Expressway during the day, the police have failed to implement it in toto. Heavy vehicles such as trucks and tractor-trolleys are plying during daytime, making the 165-km toll road more prone to accidents. The Gautam Nagar police say that as the traffic volume on the expressway is low, they are not restricting the movement of heavy vehicles.