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Ambulance hit by ‘speeding’ Eon in central Delhi, heart patient dies

The victim Man Singh was being rushed to a hospital in central Delhi after he complained of chest pain early on Tuesday morning. The van was hit by the Eon close to the hospital.

delhi Updated: Jul 26, 2017 16:35 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times
Delhi news,Delhi accident,Unsafe roads
The ambulance was carrying a 45-year-old heart patient who was injured in the mishap and died. (HT FILE (For representation))

A 45-year-old patient who was being rushed in an ambulance was killed when an allegedly speeding car rammed the van near Delhi Gate early on Tuesday.

The driver of the Hyundai Eon car was arrested and booked for causing death by negligence and rash driving.

The victim, identified as Man Singh, suffered from heart ailment and used to visit GB Pant Hospital in central Delhi frequently for the treatment.

The victim, identified as Man Singh, a farmer from Sonepat, suffered from heart ailment and used to visit GB Pant Hospital in central Delhi frequently for the treatment. At around 1am on Tuesday, he experienced severe heart pain and his family called in an ambulance to rush him to Delhi. The accident happened around 3.30am near Delhi Gate.

“We were so close to the hospital when we met with an accident. The ambulance was just taking a right turn at a traffic signal, a few hundred metres before the hospital, a car suddenly hit the middle of the ambulance,” said Singh’s nephew Naresh, an advocate based in Panipat.

Naresh, who was in the ambulance at the time of the accident, said the ambulance turned turtle on impact. He was, however, unsure how the accident happened as “it was dark at that time”.

People passing by rushed to rescue the people trapped inside. “The nozzle of the oxygen cylinder meant to support my uncle’s breathing entered his chest and killed him,” Naresh told HT.

The patient was rushed to the hospital, but could not be saved. When the police reached the spot, they found both the damaged vehicles on the roadside.

The Eon driver was identified as Mahfooz Alam, a resident of Zakir Nagar in south Delhi’s Okhla. He was found near the accident spot and taken into custody.

First Published: Jul 26, 2017 12:55 IST