Seven students were injured, one of the critically, when their school van overturned after being hit by another car in Greater Noida on Tuesday afternoon.
A four-year-old boy, son of a custom inspector, was critically injured. Six other students suffered minor injuries. The van initially had 10 students. One teacher and the driver were also injured.
The accident happened after school hours when the children were being dropped at Alpha II sector.
“After dropping three children, the van was taking a turn when a Honda City hit it. The driver, Urjul, lost balance and the van overturned. The kids were rushed to Kailash Hospital, Greater Noida,” Kasna Station Officer Ajay Choudhary.
Swaraj Dabral, a nursery student, was critically injured in the head, said Choudhary.
“Principal Amla Lal has lodged an FIR against the Honda City car driver for causing injuries to students due to rash and negligent driving. A security guard posted at the colony gate and some residents noted down part of the registration number. We are trying to trace the car,” said Choudhary.
Principal Amla Lal said the school immediately provided medical relief to the students.
Kailash Hospital spokesperson VB Joshi said Swaraj was shifted to Noida because of his serious condition.
A colleague of Swaraj's father, Sanjay Tiwari, said: “Eyewitnesses told us that driver of the van was driving rashly.”
Dr Rajiv Motiani of Kailash Hospital, who is treating the child, said he had a brain injury. "He has been put on a life-support system and his condition is critical."