Five people, including four women, died and two others were injured in an accident on the Yamuna Expressway on Thursday morning.
The victims have been identified as Chandra Kant (59), Swarna Chandra (59), Malab Vishwanath (68), Ranjana Bharat (60) from Maharashtra while Nuwanjan Mujawar (53) was from Karnataka. They were part of a pilgrimage group comprising 50 people and were returning from Mathura to Delhi. While the seven were travelling in a Mahindra Bolero, the others were in a bus.
Police said the incident took place near the 40-km milestone close to the Jewar toll plaza around 5 am. “We received information that a vehicle rammed into a dumper truck on the Expressway.
Ambulances and police personnel rushed to the spot to rescue the passengers. Five died while two of them are in the hospital. A case of rash driving has been registered against unknown persons… the truck driver is absconding,” said a police officer at Jewar police station. Police said they are ascertaining the sequence of events that to led to collision.
The two injured persons, Narayan Ramchandra (40), who is from the tour team, and Sunita Raju (35), are admitted to the ICU at Kailash Hospital.
Taking note of the incident, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office tweeted in Hindi, “CM Yogi Adityanath has expressed deep grief over the loss of lives due to collision of two vehicles on Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida. Praying for peace to departed souls, the chief minister has extended his condolences to the bereaved families.”
The pilgrims said the trip had begun near Pune last Friday and they were returning from a two-day stay in Mathura. The group had planned to visit Red Fort and other tourist spots in the national capital on Thursday and leave around 4 pm for Punjab and then Vaishno Devi.
“It was around 5 am and several of us were sleeping. Our bus suddenly slowed down when we saw a car had rammed into a truck. Then one of us pointed out that the car was ours. By the time the police and ambulance reached, the bodies had been taken out,” said Vijaya Hange, one of the travellers.
“No one knew something like this would happen. It was only yesterday we were singing and dancing to devotional songs… this is very unfortunate,” added Hange.
Police said families of the victims have been informed and bodies will be handed over once they reach the region.
Last week, seven people were killed in an accident near Mathura on the Yamuna Expressway after their car was hit by a vehicle from behind.