One person was killed and two others injured after their Hyundai i10 collided into the rear of a truck carrying rods early on Friday.
The collision was such that several rods,protruding from the rear of the truck, pierced the car killing Amit Kumar Srivastava,a senior accounts manager at a leading IT firm in Noida.
Two others in the car,Vikrant Sharma and Sudhir Dubey,colleagues of Srivastava,were injured. Police said Sharma is critical while Dubey escaped with injuries on his arm. Eyewitnesses also alleged that despite several PCR calls,no personnel came to the accident spot for half an hour,and,eventually,colleagues of Srivastava had to come and take the injured to the hospital.
Speaking to Newsline,Dubey said the accident took place around 7.30 am. The three were on their way back from their office in Sector 57.
Amit was driving the vehicle,and the accident took place near Sector 60,near the Sector 58 police station. Our car was behind a slow-moving water tanker and the truck carrying the rods was moving parallel to it. As Amit cut the car to the left to overtake the water tanker,the driver of the truck applied the brakes for no apparent reason and Amit couldnt apply the brakes in time. The rods pierced his chest and head. Vikrant was also seriously injured, Dubey said.
Dubey said police took more than half an hour to reach the spot despite several PCR calls. I called the control room repeatedly after the accident. Initially,Amit seemed delirious but was conscious. Eventually,I had to call for an office car to take us to the hospital. Amit was declared dead on arrival. If help had come on time Amit could have been saved, he said.
Srivastava had joined the IT firm four months ago,Dubey said. He hailed from Patna and lived in Sector 52.
Police said,prima facie,it seemed that the truck was stationary at the time of the accident. From what we gathered,it appears that the truck carrying the rods was stationary. It is possible that the car driver crashed into the rear of the truck while negotiating a turn. A complaint has been registered and a hunt is on for the driver of the truck who is on the run. Allegations of delay on the part of police will also be looked into, a senior officer said.
Preetinder Singh,Senior Superintendent of Police,Noida said,A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and violations of the Motor Vehicles Act. According to the MV Act,no item should protrude from the rear of a vehicle. It should only carry what it can hold within it. This is clearly a violation and further investigations are in progress.