Woman, 3 kids die as truck hits car stopped to change flat tyre on NH8 | Gurgaon News

GURGAON: Three children and a woman were crushed to death by a mini-truck that rammed their car after the family stopped on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway to change a punctured tyre just after midnight on Wednesday.

A 9-month-old, who lost her mother in the crash, was the youngest of the victims. Two other children of the family – a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy – were also killed.
The Santro had 11 occupants, including six children, all residents of Ghaziabad’s Sahibabad. The family was on their way to the Kali Kholi temple in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan.
Another family member is critical and three others are injured. They are all admitted to the Medanta hospital in the city.
The accident took place near Jharsa Chowk around 12.30am. According to the complaint, the driver of the Tata 407, which ploughed into the Santro, may have dozed off at the wheel or he was intoxicated.
“We were near Jharsa Chowk when the rear tyre of our car got punctured. Jonny, my brother-in-law who was driving, managed to stop the Santro and kept the parking lights on. We also placed hazard glow signs near the car,” Umesh Pal (32), who escaped the accident unhurt, said in the police complaint.
Jonny (27) was about to replace the tyre when the mini-truck hit their car. Jonny’s wife Satakshi (27) was waiting behind the car while holding the couple’s 9-month-old daughter Pari and Vedansh (1). Satakshi’s niece Prisha (3) was standing along with them.
“I heard a loud noise and before I could understand anything, the mini-truck had hit the car. My wife, my daughter and Vedansh died on the spot,” Jonny told TOI.
He added: “The truck driver either dozed-off or he was under the influence of alcohol as he dragged our family members for a few metres. After that, he abandoned the truck and fled while we were trying to rescue our family. Prisha was seriously injured, and she later died during treatment.”
Four others who were standing in front of the Santro were also injured from the impact of the collision. Pushpa (55) is critical with multiple injuries on her leg, head and shoulders. Renu (24), Aarohi (5) and Charu (12) sustained minor injuries and are getting treated.
Umesh, Jonny and Yashika (12) escaped unhurt.
Cops said they have registered an FIR against the absconding mini-truck driver at the Sector 40 police station under sections 279 (rash driving), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 337 (causes hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly or negligently) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC.
“The driver of the offending vehicle had fled the spot, but he has been identified and will be arrested soon. We have formed teams to nab him. We are also checking CCTV footage of the accident for more information,” said inspector Surender Singh, SHO of Sector 40 police station.
Accidents aren’t uncommon on the expressway. Data for this year shows that 134 accidents were recorded between January 2 and July 2 this year, and 66 people lost their lives in these crashes.

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