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Illegally parked truck on NH8 claims ten lives

Six others were injured when a mini-truck in which they were travelling on the Delhi-Jaipur highway rammed into the stationary vehicle in Gurgaon on Wednesday

A truck, illegally parked on Delhi-Jaipur highway near Kherki Daula toll plaza claimed ten lives and left six others injured; some of them critically. The incident occurred early on Wednesday morning when a mini-truck from Jaipur to Delhi, carrying the victims, rammed into the stationary vehicle. While eight persons died on the spot, two died on the way to hospital, a police official said.


Mangled: Haryana police personnel near the truck which collided with
another heavy vehicles on Gurgaon-Manesar road on early Wednesday
morning. Ten people were killed in the incident. PIC/ MiD DAY


The accident caused traffic jam on the busy national highway no. 8 for quite some time. "A tuskar (truck with ten tyres) full of building material was parked on the main road. As the widening and strengthening of NH8 from Gurgaon to Jaipur is in progress, there is diversion near Rampura (at kilometre 45). The tuskar was parked there. The driver of the mini-truck carrying sixteen people and iron rods, marble stones etc could not see the parked truck and rammed into the back side," station house officer (SHO) Rajiv Yadav said.

Hit hard
"Eight of the victims suffered grievous injuries and died on the spot, while two succumbed to their wounds on the way to hospital," the official added. Five of the deceased, aged 30-40, have been identified as Dilip Kumar, Aziz Ahmed, Furtu, Ramjan Ali and Shamshad - all hailing from Uttar Pradesh. The injured - Raju, Asgar, Moman and Bindesh - have been admitted to a private hospital. A case of rash and negligent driving has been filed against the driver of the tuskar.

"The road is particularly vulnerable between Bilaspur and Kherki Daula. Almost every day while going to office, I notice one or two accidents. I witness traffic jams. When the roads are clear one can feel the inconveniences caused by the heavy vehicles parked illegally on the roadside. We have made written complaints on several occasions with zero output," said Manoj Tyagi, general secretary, IMT Manesar industrial association.

Dangerous curves
"Upgrading of NH 8 has increased panic as flyovers are to be built. No proper sign boards regarding diversion or congestive roads are there," said a senior official of Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) on the condition of anonymity.

"We are working on a community scheme. Shortly after the accident call, an ambulance was on the spot. Our people helped police take the injured to hospitals. We will improve ourselves if required," said Khusro Khan, public relations officer (PRO) of contractor company, Pink City Expressway Private Limited (PCEPL).

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