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Truck catches fire in southwest Delhi, driver charred to death

A driver was charred to death when a truck carrying clothes caught fire at Brar Square in South West Delhi early today, said police.

delhi Updated: Apr 01, 2017 20:18 IST
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Hindustan Times
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The burnt truck at Brar Square near Delhi Cantt in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)

The driver of a truck, laden with clothes, was charred to death after he got stuck inside the vehicle which hit a divider, toppled and went up in flames at Brar Square in southwest Delhi on Saturday.

The police could not identify the truck’s driver initially as his body was badly burnt. Later, they identified him as Rajasthan-based Ikwal after tracing the truck’s registration details.

Ikwal was headed to Bengaluru and was on his way to Dhaula Kuan from Naraina when the accident occurred. “It appears that he was speeding. The moment he took a u-turn from the road leading to Dhaula Kuan, he lost control over the vehicle. The truck skid and hit the divider before it turned turtle and caught fire,” a senior police officer said.

“The truck’s number plate was also burnt but the Haryana registration number was faintly visible. His (Ikwal’s) body has been preserved at the mortuary and the investigation is on,” the officer added.

A passerby crossing the road stopped by and made a PCR call. When the police team reached the spot, they saw the truck up in flames. Fire department was also informed and three fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the flames.

“It took the fire fighters half an hour to douse the flames. When the truck was inspected, the driver was found lying on his seat. He was rushed to the hospital and declared dead on arrival,” a police officer said.

Police said that the truck’s door was jammed after it caught fire because of which Ikwal was unable to escape. “The truck toppled and went up in flames. Since there were clothes stacked inside, the fire spread very quickly. The driver must have tried to escape but he was stuck,” a police officer said.

First Published: Apr 01, 2017 18:48 IST