School van with 16 chil­dren crashes in Ro­hini, 3 in­jured HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro -

NEW DELHI: A pri­vate van fer­ry­ing 16 chil­dren to their school in Ro­hini lost con­trol and turned on its side in outer Delhi’s Man­golpuri on Tuesday morn­ing. Three chil­dren were in­jured in the mishap, said po­lice.

The po­lice said that the rest of the chil­dren re­ceived mi­nor scratches or es­caped un­hurt. The driver of the van has been ar­rested.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened on Kan­jhawala Road around 7.30am when the van was car­ry­ing the chil­dren -- aged be­tween six and 12 years and from lo­cal­i­ties in Aman Vi­har Sul­tan­puri and Kr­ishna Vi­har -- to a Ken­driya Vidyalaya in Sec­tor 22 in Ro­hini .

“Prima fa­cie, the van was be­ing driven at high speed and the driver lost con­trol hitting into the road di­vider. Af­ter hitting the di­vider the van turned on the road and dragged for a few me­tres be­fore com­ing to a halt,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Passersby evac­u­ated the chil­dren and took them to a nearby hos­pi­tals. They also alerted the par­ents of the chil­dren di­alling the phone num­bers writ­ten on their school di­aries.

“A call was also made to the po­lice con­trol room and we sent a po­lice team to the spot. From there, the driver was ar­rested. Among the in­jured chil­dren, some had mi­nor scratches but three of them had more se­ri­ous in­juries, in­clud­ing one who sus­tained an in­jury on the head. All of them are out of danger now, ac­cord­ing to the doc­tors,” said the of­fi­cer.

The driver, iden­ti­fied as Prakash Ku­mar, 21, has been ar­rested. “It’s a case of over­crowd­ing where the num­ber of chil­dren trav­el­ling in the van was much more than its ca­pac­ity. We are also check­ing if he held a li­cence and will write to the trans­port depart­ment for can­cel­la­tion,” said an­other in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

Ken­driya Vidyalaya said the van was pri­vately ar­ranged by the par­ents of the chil­dren. “The ve­hi­cle was pri­vately hired by a group of par­ents and the school has noth­ing to do with it. We came to know of the ac­ci­dent in which our stu­dents were in­jured but two of them have been dis­charged,” a KV of­fi­cial said.

Se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers of outer dis­trict were un­avail­able for a com­ment. Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (outer) MN Ti­wari said he was out of Delhi while Ad­di­tional DCP I Ra­jen­der Singh Sa­gar’s phone was found to be switched off.


The ac­ci­dent hap­pened on Kan­jhawala Road around 7.30am.

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