Yamuna Expressway: Four of family among 5 killed in crashes
Five people, including four of a family from Mathura, were killed while another four injured in separate road crashes on the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida on Friday. A 42-year-old man, his 38-year-old wife, their 12-year-old son, and his 50-year-old cousin sister were killed in a collision between their SUV and a pick-up truck on the expressway in the Rabupura area, police said.
Truck lost control after one of its tires burst
The car's driver was injured in the crash and was hospitalized for treatment, the police said, adding that the incident took place in the afternoon. According to a police spokesperson, the pick-up truck, which was loaded with fruits and vegetables, lost its control after one of its tires burst and crossed over to the other side of the fast-speed expressway.
Truck and the car were on opposite sides of expressway
"The pick-up truck was coming from Delhi. It was on the Noida-Agra lane of the expressway while the Maruti Brezza was coming on the Agra-Noida lane. The pick-up truck crossed over to the other side and both the vehicles collided," an official said.
The Mathura family was visiting a Noida hospital
Car occupants Nitin Sharma, his wife Urvashi, their son, his cousin Usha Sharma and driver Satish Chaudhary were injured and taken to a hospital where all four of the family were declared dead. The family resided in Mathura and was visiting a hospital in Noida where Sharma's wife was consulting doctors for a medical issue. They were on their way to pick some medicines.
A tractor and a truck collided in the other incident
In the other incident, a truck driver died while three other people were left injured following a collision between his vehicle and a tractor on the expressway in the morning, the police said. Both the vehicles were on the same lane from Noida to Agra when the incident took place near Chapargarh village in the Dankaur area.
Three are being treated at a private hospital
"Four people had suffered injuries in the incident and they were taken to a private hospital where one of them was declared dead by doctors while the other three are undergoing treatment," the police spokesperson said.
Further legal proceedings are being carried out
The deceased has been identified as Nahar Singh, the driver of the truck who hailed from Mathura district, the spokesperson said. Those hospitalized have been identified as Lekhraj, Hasrat, and Raheem, the official said, adding that further legal proceedings were being carried out. The 165-km-long Yamuna Expressway, which connects Noida and Agra, has witnessed thousands of road crash incidents over the years.
Lack of crash barriers cited as one cause of accidents
Road safety experts and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority believes lack of safety measures like crash barriers are among the causes of such incidents on the high-speed, privately managed expressway. Officials of the Jaypee Infratech Limited, which manages the Yamuna Expressway, had on Monday told PTI that the group is in the process to install crash barriers along the expressway.