Two persons were killed and two others critically injured when a speeding truck rammed into a bus carrying barathis (guests for a wedding), on the Yamuna Expressway early on Sunday morning.
The deceased were identified bus driver Jitender, 30, a resident of Rajeev Nagar in Gurgaon, and Gourav Tiwari, a barathi. Dharmendra Tiwari, 32, and Chander Prakash Tiwari, 50, both wedding guests, sustained serious injuries and were admitted to hospital.
The occupants of the bus said they were on their way to attend a wedding in Karawal Nagar, Delhi, and had embarked on the journey from Agra in the midnight. There were around 35 people inside the bus.
At around 4 am, the bus halted near Jewar toll plaza to change a punctured tyre. As some of the guests remarked that the expressway was prone to snatching, Gourav, Dharmendra and Chander Prakash got down to help the driver replace the tyre as quick as possible.
They were also signaling other vehicles to follow the track, but a truck, which was overspeeding, rammed into the bus from behind, police said.
They said the truck crushed Jitender and Gourav, while the other two were left critically injured. Immediately after the crash, the truck driver fled the spot, leaving behind the vehicle.
The occupants of the bus gathered on the road and other vehicles too started stopping near them, which caught the attention of night patrolling team on the Yamuna Expressway.
All the four people were taken to Kailash Hospital in Jewar, where two were declared brought dead on arrival. The injured were shifted to AIIMS Hospital later in the evening by their family members, as their condition was critical.
Ajay Kumar Sharma, station house officer, Jewar police station, said, “We have seized the truck and a case has been registered.”
Except for Jitender, all others were relatives of the bridegroom and residents of north-east Delhi’s Karawal Nagar.