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Car catches fire on Delhi Gurgaon Expressway

A CNG kit was recently installed in the car because of which it is believed to have caught fire

gurgaon Updated: Jun 24, 2017 23:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
The charred remains of the car that caught fire on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
The charred remains of the car that caught fire on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

A car moving on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway caught fire on Saturday afternoon near the now defunct Sirhaul toll plaza. Fire officials said that the vehicle, a Celerio, caught fire when it collided with another car that suddenly halted in front of it.

The car was recently fitted with a CNG kit, due to which it immediately caught fire.

While the occupant of the car, Anjul Gupta, a Noida resident, escaped unhurt, the Celerio car was completely burnt in the incident. The incident took place around 1.55pm, and as soon as the highway control room was informed, a team of rescue officials and ambulance were rushed to the spot.

“We received information about the incident around 2.05pm and a fire tender led by fireman Ramesh Kumar reached the spot within 10 minutes and brought the situation under control,” said IS Kashyap, the fire officer.

Bijender Singh, control room officer, Skylark, said that the Celerio car was moving from Delhi towards Jaipur when an Eeco car suddenly swerved in front of it and the driver was forced to apply brakes suddenly. “The accident could not be averted and since the vehicle had a CNG kit fitted, it immediately caught fire,” said Singh.

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Fortunately, the central locking system of the vehicle did not get locked due to the impact of the accident, and it allowed Gupta to escape.

Highway officials said that traffic was immediately diverted to other lanes to ensure that there was no untoward incident, as the car had turned into a ball of fire.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 23:05 IST

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