Four Galgotias students dead, six injured as car overturns on Yamuna e-way
The injured were identified as Vaishali, Saumya, Simran, Prerna, Sharif and Jayesh. Vaishali and Saumyanoida Updated: Oct 09, 2017 10:00 IST
Four students of Galgotias University were killed and six others — including four women — were injured on Sunday after the SUV they were travelling in toppled off Yamuna Expressway after suffering a tyre burst.
Police said that the incident took place on Sunday when the 10 students were on their way to Pari Chowk from Galgotias University around 2pm. The deceased were identified as Salman, 22, Tushar, 22, Ayush 19 and Bal Ram, 20, residents of Bihar, Greater Noida and New Delhi.
The injured were identified as Vaishali, Saumya, Simran, Prerna, Sharif and Jayesh. Vaishali and Saumya, police said, suffered severe head injuries and were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida because of serious head injuries. The others were discharged after first aid.
Police said the students started in a car from the university’s gate number one with Tushar at the wheels. When the car reached Noida International University (NIU), Tushar allegedly tried to overtake a truck.
While Tushar was overtaking the truck, a tyre on the front side of the SUV aapparently burst, causing it to lose control and collide with a divider. After colliding with the divider, the car flipped on the road thrice before coming to a halt. Such was the impact of the hit, that people in the car were apparently flung out through the windows of the vehicle when it was rolling over.
The incident was reported to the police when a second driver, Ankit Aggarwal who was driving behind the SUV in his Honda Civic car saw all the passengers bleeding and lying unconscious on the road. Aggarwal immediately made a call to the police control room and shifted some of the injured to Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida.
“The car flipped in front of me. I immediately rushed to the aid of the passengers, some of who were lying on the road. I also informed the police annd started shifting some of the injured to a hospital,” said Aggarwal, who works with a flour marketing agency.
He managed to shift four people, while the remaining victims were shifted to the hospital in a PCR van. Four men were declared brought dead by the doctors.
Station house officer, Dankaur police station, Farmood Ali Pundir, said, “Jayesh and Ayush were students of B.Tech first year. The other eight students were in first year of Psychology (Honours) at the Galgotias University.”
It took police officials and doctors an hour to establish the identities of all the victims and inform their family members.
After being informed, Tushar and Ayush’s family members immediately reached the hospital. “Relatives of the other deceased have also been informed about the incident and will reach the hospital after which post-mortem examinations will be conducted,” said the SHO.
Police said Tushar was living with his uncle Dheeraj Gupta at Beta-II sector in Greater Noida. Dheeraj Gupta, who is a supply officer of Dankaur Block, had gone to his village in Etah and left the SUV at home. Tushar took the keys of the car and went to the university where all the students had classes today.
Tushar’s friend Krishna told HT, “Tushar called me and another friend Varun to Pari Chowk. We had plans to visit Ansal Plaza in Greater Noida and watch a movie. As we reached Pari Chowk, Simran, one of the injured, called us and informed about the accident.”
AK Jain, the dean of students welfare at Galgotias University, said, “The students had left in a group after attending their classes. We were informed about the incident by the police. We helped the policemn to get in touch with the families of all the victims.”
Police said that the car was damaged badly with all its windows smashed. Eyewitnesses also said there were blood spots spread near 50 meters at the spot. The car was recovered and shifted to Formula 1 police post under Dankaur police station.
SRA Rizwi, casualty medical officer of Kailash Hospital said, “The condition of two women is critical and a team of doctors is attending to them. The four who were brought dead had sustained severe injuries on their heads.”
All the students had taken admission in the university three months ago and were friends.