A couple died while their six-year-old daughter suffered severe injuries after a truck hit a divider and overturned on their car near the Hyatt Regency hotel in Southwest Delhi’s R K Puram around midnight Wednesday. The truck driver has been detained, said police. Officials said the victims were trapped inside the car for almost two hours.
The couple, Manish Sharma (35) and Shipra (32), were driving to their home in Noida, along with their daughter, when a truck carrying gravel overturned. Sharma worked as a senior legal advisor at Jindal Poly Films.
Several teams of the Delhi Police and Delhi Fire Services were called to rescue the family, but they could not move the truck. Cranes were rushed to the spot.
DCP (Southwest) Gaurav Sharma said they received a call about the incident at 12.10 am: “We found that the dumper truck first hit the divider and then overturned on the car. We supervised the rescue operation. We had to call in hydraulic cranes to move the truck.”
A senior police officer said the family was taken out of the car at 2.30 am. All three were unconscious and rushed to AIIMS trauma centre. The couple succumbed to injuries while their daughter is stable.
Sharma’s family was informed about the incident around 3 am. Vivek Pathak, Sharma’s cousin, who rushed to the spot, said, “We received a call from a local who found the phone. I saw their car and was shocked. The front end is completely damaged… Their daughter will be discharged soon… we don’t know what to tell her. Sharma was bright, he always spoke about books and his work.”
DCP Sharma said, “The truck driver fled after the accident and was trying to leave the city. We managed to apprehend him. He has been booked for rash driving and causing death due to negligence. He was carrying stones and gravel from Haryana.”
A senior police officer in the Southwest district said the dumper truck was going towards Rajpath. “We have been told that it was carrying material for the Central Vista redevelopment project and had permission. The driver said he was trying to give space to a vehicle and took a quick turn. This led the truck to lose balance and the vehicle overturned,” said the officer.
Police said the autopsy was conducted and the bodies were returned to the family. The couple were married for 8 years.