Three youngsters,all aged between 17 and 18,escaped unhurt when their speeding Toyota Corolla Altis rammed into an iron railing on a road divider on the main road dividing Sectors 7 and 8 in Panchkula on Monday afternoon.
The occupants of the car were reportedly returning after having coffee at Sector 7 and were en route to drop a friend in Sector 6,Panchkula when the accident took place at around 1.15 pm. The car bearing number CH04F-4335 was driven by Shubham Arora,son of a Sector 9 businessman.
Shubham received minor injuries while his two friends,who escaped unhurt,fled from the spot. While Arora claimed that he was 18 years old,sources said his claim was still being verified.
The Panchkula Police said there was no evidence of the occupants of the car being in an inebriated state. Eyewitnesses said accident took place when a pedestrian was trying to cross the road and they tried to save him.
While saving a pedestrian who was crossing the road,the high speeding Altis that was coming from the Sector 17-18 roundabout towards Sector 6 hit the iron railing on the road divider. First the right side of the vehicle hit the iron railing on the road divider 7-8 and the car travelled a distance of 10 metres damaging the railing, said Ramesh,a vendor near the accident site,who witnessed the crash.
Due to the impact of the crash,after travelling 10 metres,the car made a complete U-turn and flipped.
It got severely damaged in the process. The right side of the vehicle was crushed and when we rushed to rescue the occupants,they all came out on the their own breaking the window panes, Ramesh said.
Immediately police reached the spot and they had a tough time regulating the traffic.
We were wearing seat belts and that is how we all were saved, said a nervous Shubham at the accident site.
The accident took place as they tried to save a pedestrian. They were not drunk, said a police officer at the accident site.
The car was later removed from the spot by the Panchkula police,almost an hour after the accident.