New Delhi: Two men were killed and five others were injured when their SUV rammed into a motorised rickshaw in outer Delhi’s Baba Haridas Nagar, the police said today.
The incident was reported around 11.35 pm yesterday. The vehicle with six occupants was headed to Gurgaon for a wedding and it overturned after hitting the rickshaw and ramming into a divider.
The police said the driver and the car owner who were in the front seats were killed on the spot.
The police said that when the vehicle, a Nissan Terrano, reached an empty stretch the driver, Ajay, started driving fast to reach early.
The police said the motorised rickshaw driver had a narrow escape as he landed on mud.
The locals informed the police and the fire-brigade. The vehicle was cut open with gas cutters by fire officials to remove the injured.
Three of the occupants of the car were identified as Narender, Vivekanand and Anil. The police said all of them were admitted to the Rao Tula Ram hospital where Shiv Raj and Ajay were declared brought dead.
The other occupants of the car were shifted to Safdarjung hospital and their condition was said to be serious. Doctors informed the police that they would be kept under observation.
The police said their statements would be recorded later to verify the cause behind the accident.
The police said the victims are related and stay in the same neighbourhood. The family members have been informed about the incident. Shiv Raj used to be the sarpanch of the village and owned some brick kilns in the area.
The police suspect that driver had dozed off while driving. A few bottles of country-made liquor were seized from the car, however, it has not yet been confirmed if the driver was drinking while driving.