A truck driver died after he rammed his vehicle into a water tanker on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on Thursday, police said, adding that the accident also caused injury to two people as their car hit the truck from behind.
Truck driver Wahid Khan (27) died on the spot while two occupants of a Maruti Swift Dzire car were injured in the multiple-vehicle collision which took place on the Sector 31 flyover, police said.
The accident also triggered a one-kilometre long traffic jam on the highway disrupting movement. The police have registered a case against the driver of the water tanker who has been absconding after the incident.
The water tanker belongs to the expressway concessionaire company DSC Limited, which claimed the vehicle, which is used for watering plants along the road, was moving when it was hit by the truck.
The accident has raised concerns about safety measures on the stretch. In a similar incident in 2009, a management student died after his car rammed into a stationary truck on the expressway.
A DSC spokesperson said: “We adopt all safety measures while watering plants. Once the water tanker is stationary, we place safety cones up to 300 metres away. Traffic marshals are placed with red flags to divert traffic and this operation is done at non-peak hours when the traffic volume is less. Blinkers and reflective tapes are provided on all water tankers to warn other commuters.”
The spokesperson added that this time the truck hit the moving tanker at a high speed which led to the death of its driver.