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Steel sheet roll from truck crushes woman on NH-24 in Ghaziabad

The truck lost its balance “due to potholes” and one of the two rolls on the truck, weighing several hundred kilograms, fell on the woman, a police officer said quoting the FIR

delhi Updated: Feb 20, 2018 16:43 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
delhi,ghaziabad,NH-24
A  35-year-old woman was crushed to death under a heavy steel roll sheet which fell off a truck late Sunday night on NH-24 in Ghaziabad.

A  35-year-old woman was crushed to death under a heavy steel roll sheet which fell off a truck late Sunday night, police said. The family of the victim has filed an FIR against the UP public works department and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for poor maintenance of the road, which they believe, caused the accident.

The incident took place around 11.15pm on Sunday when the woman, Soniya, was riding pillion on a bike being driven by her husband on the service road, connecting Lal Kuan to NH-24 in Ghaziabad. As they were passing by an open truck carrying two huge steel sheet rolls, the truck lost its balance “due to potholes” and one of the two rolls on the truck, weighing several hundred kilograms, fell on the woman, a police officer said quoting the FIR.

NK Tomar, woman’s brother-in-law, said, “Soniya was crushed under the steel roll after the bundle fell off the truck. We could remove the roll only after an hour with the help of a crane and the police. Soniya’s body had been disfigured. The PWD and NHAI officials have not maintained the road, which has several potholes.”

“The truck driver and the truck owner are also equally responsible as the roll was not tied properly. After the truck drove over potholes, it tilted to one side and the roll fell off crushing the woman. Her husband was thrown off the bike and he fell some distance away and was thus saved,” Tomar said.

The couple was a resident of Indergarhi locality near NH-24 and was returning from a marriage at Dujana in Gautam Budh Nagar. Around 11.15pm, they were headed towards NH-24 from the service road with woman’s younger brother-in-law, NK Tomar, following them on another bike. The victim has two children.

“We have lodged an FIR against an unidentified truck driver and officials of the PWD and the NHAI as per the complaint lodged by the victim’s family. We will investigate the case. The family has stated the pothole-filled road as main reason behind the accident,” Ghaziabad senior superintendent of police HN Singh said.

Officials of UP PWD said they are not responsible for maintaining the service lane.

“The two service lanes, to and from, the highway are maintained by the NHAI. Our area of jurisdiction on GT Road is only up to Lal Kuan. Some of our roads have potholes due to the absence of drainage and heavy movement of trucks,” PWD executive engineer Manish Verma said.

The NHAI officials said that an inquiry will be conducted and the report will be handed over to them by UP PWD (NH division).

“We will have to check and inquire if the maintenance of the road is our responsibility. We have jurisdiction of 45 metre right of way each side from the center point of the highway with us. If the service lanes fall within our right of way, the maintenance will be ours. We will get it inquired,” said RP Singh, project director, NHAI.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 23:40 IST