Car hits truck on Delhi-Jaipur highway, 5 dead

Five people were killed after the car they were traveling in rammed a truck on the Delhi-Jaipur highway (known as NH-48) early Thursday morning, police said, an incident that happened about an hour after an accident on Gurugram’s Golf Course Road left four people dead. One of the victims was celebrating his birthday and the five were on their way to celebrate at a restaurant, a friend of the victims said.

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Police said the car was heading towards Bhiwadi in Rajasthan from Kakrola in Haryana’s Bilaspur, when it hit a truck on the highway. All five occupants of the car were killed instantly, police said.

Police said all five were taken to Sector 10 Government Hospital, where doctors pronounced them dead on arrival.

The truck driver is on the run and investigators said they are looking for him.

The five victims all worked as senior officials at the same private company, which provides logistical support to e-commerce businesses. The men were identified as Chandra Mohan (26), from Hindwan in Hisar, Bharat Bhushan Rajora (30), a resident of Paschim Vihar in Delhi, Praveen Sharma (32) from Chitakhal in Siwan district of Bihar , Ashish Singh (27), from Bhiwari in Rajasthan and Sandeep Jangra (25), from Geong in Kaithal district of Haryana.

Ashish Singh, the owner of the car, was driving, police said.

Kamdev Kumar, an account manager at a private company, said Mohan and Sharma were branch managers, Rajora was head of administration, Singh was sales manager and Kumar was responsible for the company’s logistics supply chain. . Mohan, he said, was assigned to the Ghaziabad branch and the others worked at the Kakrola branch.

Kumar said it was Mohan’s birthday and he traveled from Ghaziabad to Singh’s residence in Kakrola to celebrate it. Afterwards, all left for dinner at a restaurant when the crash happened between 2:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Thursday, police said.

The impact of the crash left the mangled car beyond recognition, police said, adding that it took more than an hour to remove three of the bodies.

Gurugram Police (Traffic) Deputy Commissioner Ravinder Singh Tomar said a preliminary investigation showed it was likely the driver had not spotted the truck in the dark as he had no rear lights.

“By the time Singh could have controlled his car, it was too late and he rammed the truck from behind,” Tomar said.

He said a team from the Traffic Safety Cell, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic Headquarters) Sanjeev Kumar, was investigating the cause of the accident.

“The probe will reveal if the truck was stationary or if the driver suddenly braked, which led to the car hitting him from behind,” Tomar said.

He said the team was also looking into whether there were CCTV cameras on the road or in shops along it to determine the cause of the crash within days.

The company’s managing director, Rajesh Singh (Ashish’s uncle), filed a complaint about it and an FIR was registered under Sections 279 (reckless driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) Indian Penal Code at Bilaspur Police Station.

In his complaint, Singh alleged that the truck driver braked and the car rammed him because the truck had no taillights.

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