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Five dead, including children, after speeding truck hits car in Greater Noida

Police said the loaded truck was speeding on the GT Road around 12.30am when it hit the Wagon-R car.

noida Updated: Mar 15, 2018 22:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
Greater Noida,Truck car collision,Road accident
Five others, including four minors, were also injured in the accident and are stated to be critical.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Five persons, including three minors, were killed and five others suffered serious injuries when their car hit the rear side of a truck near Deri Machha village of Badalpur in Greater Noida on late Wednesday night. All the members are from a joint family from Badpur village in Greater Noida and were travelling in their car back home on GT Road.

According to police, a loaded truck was moving on the GT Road around 12.30am when the WagonR car, driven by Manveer, rammed into the rear of the truck. Manveer is second of the four brothers, Karamveer, Satveer and Jasbeer, who are farmers and run dairy business at Badpur.

“The car was headed towards Greater Noida when it hit the truck. The victims were rushed to hospital for treatment. On Thursday morning, the agitated villagers tried to block the Dadri-Badalpur Road but were pacified by the police,” said Love Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar.

Irate villagers blocked traffic on NH-91 for about 15-20 minutes around 11 am, according to the area police.

The family said that the victims had gone to attend a wedding reception after their nephew’s wedding at Bhowapur in Ghaziabad. “The accident took place while all the family members, including minor children, were returning to Greater Noida,” said Praveen Kumar, Manveer’s brother-in- law.

The police said that five of the dead were identified as Manveer, 38, Satveer’s wife Neetu, 26, Satveer’s daughter Nisha, 8. Apart from these, Manveer’s 12-year-old son Arjun and daughter Khushi, 6, also died on the spot.

“The front portion of the car was completely crushed as it hit the truck loaded with goods. Five people succumbed on the spot while five others were rushed to a private hospital in Ghaziabad. The locals rushed to the spot when they saw the accident and pulled out the injured. The driver of the truck fled the spot leaving his vehicle behind,” said Mukesh Kumar, station house officer, Badalpur police station.

The five injured included Manveer’s wife Sanju, 32, Satveer’s three minor children — Prashant, 4, Deepanshu, 2, and Kashish, 5. Karamveer’s daughter Anjali, 14, also suffered injuries. All the five victims suffered multiple injuries and presently under treatment at Ghaziabad hospital.

“Of the five injured, Kashish is on ventilator while Manveer’s wife Sanju has also suffered head and facial injuries. Other children are also under treatment,” said Ravi Kumar, one of the villagers attending to the injured at Ghaziabad.

The incident took place around 12.30am on late Wednesday night near ‘Fauji Dhaba’ which is nearly 5 km away from victims’ village. The police said that they are tracing the driver with the help of truck’s Delhi registration number.

The police towed away the damaged car to Badalpur police station while the truck left behind by the driver was also seized after the incident.

The police have also registered an FIR under IPC sections for rash driving, causing grievous hurt by acts endangering lives of others and causing death due to negligence at Badalpur police station.

Following the five deaths, grief stricken family members and relatives of the victims assembled at the courtyard of the house in which the four Bhati brothers lived along with their families. Manveer Bhati, 38, the second oldest brother lost his life in the crash. Along with him died the hopes of a bright future for his family, when two of his three children — son Arjun and daughter Khushi — also passed away. His wife Sanju is undergoing treatment in the hospital.

“It’s a tragedy unlike any other,” sobbed Robin, 19, the son of Manveer’s older brother Karamveer. They had been jolted with the news at around 12.30am.

The one person who had completely lost his wits was Satveer, Manveer’s younger brother. His wife Neetu had also passed away along with his daughter Nisha. He refused to accept the fact that they were gone. All he kept saying was “I did not want them to go”.

First Published: Mar 15, 2018 10:58 IST