Stolen truck crashes into electric pole, damages cars, causes power outage
The incident left a handful of houses in Sector 45 without power for all of Thursday.Updated: Jun 09, 2018 09:03 IST
A truck, that hit a car near the Atul Kataria Chowk around midnight on Wednesday, was later allegedly stolen by unidentified people who drove it into a narrow residential lane of Sector 45 damaging five cars and an electricity pole.
Police were able to link the two cases by early Thursday morning when the trailer driver filed a complaint. No casualty was reported.
The incident left a handful of houses in Sector 45 without power for all of Thursday. Residents said the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam was able to restore supply by 6pm.
An FIR against unidentified accused was filed at the Sector 17/18 police station under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of (mischief causing damage) the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.
Police said the first accident took place around 12.30am near the Atul Kataria Chowk, after which the trailer driver abandoned the vehicle and fled. Sector 17/18 station house officer Chander Prakash said that when the driver returned for his vehicle, it was nowhere to be found.
“He reported the matter in the morning, by which time residents of Sector 45 had also approached police officers at Sector 40 police station to report an abandoned trailer that had forced its way past the society’s gate at night, rammed into five cars and finally crashed into an electricity pole, breaking it,” Prakash said.
The police suspect that the unidentified peoples, at least one of whom could be seen in the CCTV footage recovered from a residents’ surveillance camera, were inebriated when they sped into the narrow lane which had cars parked along its side.
“We have handed over footage from a CCTV to the police. It shows the trailer being driven at 50-60 kmph around 12.45am,” said Damodar, a resident.
According to senior police officials, the accused broke the society gate, scraped past five cars and came to a halt after it crashed into a concrete electricity pole, which broke in two. The impact damaged electricity metres which resulted in a power outage, residents said, adding that three of the cars damaged were a Creta, a Ford and a Santro.
“It seems the person driving the truck was drunk. We suspect he lost control of the vehicle at the sharp turn and crashed into the electricity pole. Had he not crashed into the pole, it would have crashed into houses,” Sanjeev Kumar, former vice-president of Sector 45 RWA, said.