A 35-year-old Group Captain of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was killed in an accident on the Yamuna Expressway near Jewar toll Sunday night after the taxi he was in hit another vehicle. Nageshwar Rao, posted as an IAF Group Captain in Agra, had boarded a taxi the Indira Gandhi International Airport Sunday night.
“He came to Delhi from Pune and took a taxi from the airport. The taxi had been sent from Agra to fetch him,” said B R Zaidi, station house officer, Jewar.
At 12.30 pm, the taxi, an Etios sedan, hit a Mahindra pick-up truck at the Yamuna Expressway. “The pick-up truck was traveling towards Agra. It was taking a turn on the Expressway, from a loop connecting a side road, when the collision took place. Rao was sitting in the front seat, next to the driver. Both air bags deployed but the front portion of the car was badly damaged. Both the driver and Rao sustained severe injuries, especially on the head,” said Zaidi.
While Rao died on the spot, the taxi driver — Agra resident Hari Om — is in a critical state. “Rao succumbed to severe head injuries at the spot and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The driver received initial treatment at Kailash Hospital and has been referred to a hospital in Agra, where he will undergo further treatment by a senior neurologist. He has also sustained head injuries and his condition is still critical,” added Zaidi.
Meanwhile, while the vehicles have been seized, no FIR has been registered so far.
“The wife of the IAF officer was informed about the accident last night but she was not told about his death. She reached Delhi at 1 pm from Hyderabad, where his family lives, and was told about his death at the mortuary. The family is not in a position to register a complaint in the case at this point. The body has been taken to Hyderabad,” said Zaidi.
The driver of the pick-up truck also sustained a few injuries in the accident and police are trying to locate him, said the official.