Two killed af­ter two cars col­lide head on in S Delhi

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - Karn Pratap Singh karn.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: A 55-year-old man and his 21-year-old son were killed and seven oth­ers were crit­i­cally in­jured on Tues­day af­ter two cars col­lided head-on with each other near Kalindi Kunj in south Delhi.

The two cars in­volved in the ac­ci­dent were iden­ti­fied as a rashly driven Mahin­dra XUV and a Maruti Suzuki Cele­rio.

Po­lice said the XUV’S driver was ap­par­ently driv­ing at a speed of more than 100 kmph. They sus­pect that the driver might have lost con­trol of the SUV ei­ther while avoid­ing a patch of bad road or while over­tak­ing an­other ve­hi­cle. The XUV took a sharp right turn and col­lided with the Cele­rio com­ing from the op­po­site side on Kalindi Kunj-jait­pur road.

“The im­pact of the hit was such that the front por­tion of both the ve­hi­cles were badly dam­aged. The Cele­rio car re­ceived the max­i­mum im­pact. Its driver and other oc­cu­pants were stuck be­tween the seats and the dash­board. It took po­lice per­son­nel around half an hour to res­cue the in­jured oc­cu­pants us­ing iron cut­ters,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The oc­cu­pants of both the ve­hi­cles were re­turn­ing to their re­spec­tive homes af­ter at­tend­ing sep­a­rate wed­dings. While the seven peo­ple in the Cele­rio, in­clud­ing the de­ceased and his fam­ily mem­bers, were headed to­wards east Delhi’s Trilokpuri, the two men in the XUV were headed to­wards their Farid­abad home af­ter at­tend­ing a wed­ding in Noida.

Those killed in the ac­ci­dent were iden­ti­fied as Triloki Nath Ti­wari and his son Vikas Ti­wari. The five in­jured in the Cele­rio were Triloki’s daugh­ter Neha Ti­wari, 18, son Ab­hay Ti­wari, 14, nephew Ro­hit Ti­wari, 19, rel­a­tive Shub­ham, 22, and Vikas’s friend Sachin, 22. The car be­longed to Sachin and he was be­hind the wheel when the ac­ci­dent took place.

The XUV oc­cu­pants were iden­ti­fied as Hari Om and Han­sraj, both aged 25 years and res­i­dents of Farid­abad. The duo sur­vived be­cause the safety air bags of the ve­hi­cle popped out and ab­sorbed the im­pact of the hit.

Chin­moy Biswal, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (south­east), said the ex­act se­quence of events that led to the mishap could not be as­cer­tained as there were no eye­wit­ness to the ac­ci­dent and all the in­jured per­sons were un­fit to give state­ments.

“The ac­ci­dent spot sug­gested that the XUV came from the wrong side of the road and col­lided with the other car head-on,” said Biswal, adding they were wait­ing for the med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion re­ports of both the driv­ers to as­cer­tain whether they were drunk. Po­lice said the causal­i­ties would have in­creased had there been a de­lay in com­menc­ing res­cue op­er­a­tions. The DCP said the staff of an emer­gency re­sponse ve­hi­cle, who were pa­trolling the Agra Canal road, heard the sound of col­li­sion and reached the ac­ci­dent spot within sec­onds. “The in­jured were first rushed to Apollo hos­pi­tal and later to AIIMS trauma cen­tre ,” he added.

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The man­gled re­mains of the Maruti Suzuki Cele­rio that col­lided head on with an XUV near Kalindi Kunj.

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