Three woman MBA students were killed and two of their friends were injured in an accident on the Yamuna Expressway at Dankaur area of Greater Noida on Thursday. However, police said, the driver of the car survived, with minor injuries.
Police said the car hit the divider with great force and flipped over to the other side of the carriageway, turning several times before coming to a stop.
“The six were at a New Year’s party in Noida and after initial celebrations, they had decided to go for a drive on the Yamuna Expressway. They were driving really fast, which seems to be the main cause of the accident,” Brijesh Kumar Singh, superintendent (rural), Gautam Buddh Nagar, said.
Police said the accident took place between 2 am and 3 am on Thursday, 8 km from the zero point. They were heading back towards Greater Noida when the driver lost control of the car.
The deceased have been identified as Shivani Rawat, Ayushi and Akanksha. All three were in their early 20s and were residents of Meerut.
Police confirmed that Akanksha and Ayushi were MBA students at the Galgotia College and Galgotia University, respectively. They lived in the girls’ hostel at Pi sector in Greater Noida. Shivani had come to the district to celebrate with Akanksha and Ayushi, police said.
Those injured were identified as Lavina and Sumit. Police said Lavina — a BCom student from Delhi University — knew Akanksha and Ayushi since all three were in school together. While Lavina is recuperating at Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida, Sumit has been admitted to Fortis Hospital in Noida.
Police said the driver of the car, Shekhar — who is originally from Guwahati and is a resident of NRI city in Greater Noida — escaped miraculously.
“All four girls were sitting on the rear seat, while Sumit and Shekhar were sitting in the front. When the car hit the divider, the air bags were immediately deployed. It saved Sumit’s and Shekhar’s lives. It seems that Lavina was sitting in the middle of the rear seat, between the two girls. This could have saved her life when the car turned turtle,” a senior police officer said.
Police said it was unlikely that the fog was the cause of the accident. “There was very little fog on the night of December 31 and January 1. Also, it doesn’t seem like another car hit them. It seems to be a case of speeding,” Brijesh Kumar Singh said.
The toll booth operator said after the car stopped moving, one of the occupants managed to scramble out and raised the alarm, following which ambulances were called and police were alerted.