Ghaziabad accident claims 7 lives

August 23rd, 2011 - 7:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, Aug 23 (IANS) Seven people died and six others were critically injured when a mini-truck rammed into parked vehicles and then a group of people near a temple on National Highway-58 in Ghaziabad Monday night, police said Tuesday.

The driver of the goods vehicle was drunk, police said.

In all, ten people were injured in the accident and are undergoing treatment in different hospitals.

According to Avnish Dixit, Station Officer, Murad Nagar, a speeding Canter truck that was going from Lal Kuan towards Meerut crashed into a line-up of vehicles near Manan Dham temple on NH-58 near Morta police post.

The speeding truck first rammed into an I10 car, and then crashed into an Alto and an auto after which it ran over a group of people crossing the road near the temple. It also hit three bikes.

The injured were rushed to MMG and Sarvodaya Hospital where seven people succumbed to their injuries while the condition of six of the injured was critical.

The deceased were identified as Kusum, Pushpa and Chaman Bhagwat, Amit, Punita Agrawal, Honey and Umesh, all residents of Ghaziabad.

“The driver of the Canter truck Manoj was under the influence of alcohol and was driving at high speed. We have arrested him and impounded the vehicle,” the Station Officer said.

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