Six persons in a car were killed after their vehicle collided with a stationary dumper on National Highway-1 in Samaypur Badli area of outer Delhi during the early hours Friday, said police.
All six were friends and in their twenties and thirties, and five of them were married. They were scrap dealers from northeast Delhi, and were driving to Murthal, police added.
The deceased were identified as Ansar Ahmad (28), Nishant Sharma (37), Vivek (21), Amit (30), Deepak and Vikas (32). Deepak, a resident of Mahavir Enclave, was driving the car, said police.
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“The accident happened around 4.30 am. Prima facie it seems the car hit a stationary vehicle from the rear. Six people were declared brought dead by the hospital. We are investigating the case,” said Pankaj Kumar, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police.
The police personnel who reached the spot found the car’s occupants entangled in a mangled heap of metal. It took gas cutters to free them, said a police officer.
Friends and relatives of the victims claimed they had driven into a broken down vehicle left standing in the middle of the road. However, this could not be immediately verified. The PTI reported police later traced the dumper and caught its driver, Santosh, from Bakauli village.
Nishant’s brother-in-law, Shri Dutt Sharma, said, “All six were friends. They made frequent trips to Murthal to relax, or on work. We were informed about the accident around 7 am.” Nishant, who lived in Lal Bagh, was the only son of his parents, and the father of a 13-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy.
Ahmad was the sole earning member of his family, and the father of a four-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl. Vivek was the only unmarried person in the group. Vikas, a farmer from Akbarpur, Uttar Pradesh, was Amit’s uncle. He had come to meet Amit and joined him on the trip to Murthal.
Sujeet, a friend of the six victims, was the last person to see them together. He told The Indian Express they must have planned the trip after he met them, or he “would have definitely gone with them”.