An AIIMS doctor, three members of his family and their driver were killed and three others injured in a high-speed accident on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway late on Saturday night.
Senior police officers said the SUV — a Mahindra Scorpio — in which Dr Rakesh Kumar was travelling attempted to overtake a large truck, but collided into it from behind. Kumar’s wife Abha Gautam, aunt Kamla Devi, uncle Hari Singh, and their driver Jitender were killed in the accident.
So violent was the impact that a crane and cutting equipment had to be used to extricate the bodies from the vehicle, a senior officer said.
Preetinder Singh, senior superintendent of police, said, “The driver of the Scorpio was trying to overtake the truck, but seemed to have lost control for some reason. He collided into the truck from behind, with the front of the car crumpling entirely upon impact.”
Police said the three other people also travelling in the car have suffered serious injuries, and are presently in Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida. They have been identified as Sharda, Mahesh and Suhash.
Senior police officers said the family had gone to attend a condolence ceremony in Kasganj in Etah and were returning home when the incident occurred.
“Dr Kumar, who was an ENT specialist at AIIMS, lived with his family in the Nangloi area of Delhi and was returning home when the accident took place. It occurred where the Yamuna Expressway merges with the Noida Greater-Noida Expressway near Jhatta Badauli village,” a police officer said.
Noida district, and both the Yamuna Expressway and the Noida Greater Noida Expressway in particular, has been plagued by motor accidents. “The data till the end of October shows 310 people have been killed and 635 people injured in accidents throughout the district this year. In all, there have been 795 collisions this year across the district,” a senior police officer said.
Preetinder Singh said they were looking to regulate speed and enforce traffic rules as far as possible on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway in particular. “Over the past year, we have been regularly penalising those who drive over the speed limit in a series of drives that have been conducted. Moreover, there are now four PCR vans stationed on the expressway, only to ensure that there are no stationary trucks and cars on the side of the road, that are often the cause of accidents,” he said.
“From December, we will also fully implement the Intelligent Traffic System on the expressway which will have digitised signages. It is important that the system is up and running before the onset of heavy fog.”