Motorcyclist falls off Palam flyover, eight killed in last eight days

March 16th, 2009 - 5:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) A man was killed and another critically injured after their motorcycle fell off the Palam-Dwarka flyover in the national capital Monday, the police said. As many as eight people have died on the stretch in the last eight days.
Srikant, working as a photographer, was going towards Dwarka in southwest Delhi around 2 a.m. Monday when the accident occurred.

“Srikant was riding the motorcycle while his friend was sitting pillion. When they reached the sharp curve on the flyover, he lost control over the bike and hit the side verge. Both of them fell on a concrete slab below,” DCP southwest K. Jagdishan told IANS.

They were immediately rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital, where Srikant was declared brought dead while his friend was said to be in critical condition, Jagdishan said.

As many as eight people have died in five fatal crashes in the last eight days on the flyover.

Meanwhile, the traffic police have appealed to motorcyclists to slow down on the stretch to avoid such incidents.

“We are in discussions with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for placing speed breakers and increasing the height of side wall on the stretch of flyover. There is a need to put sign boards showing speed limit warnings,” DCP Traffic (southern range) Rupinder Singh said.

A 22-year-old man was killed Saturday when his motorcycle crashed into the side verge on the stretch and fell off the flyover.

Four of a family were killed March 11, when they fell from the same flyover, on the same stretch. Deepak, 27, his wife Renu, 25, son Bishav, 6 and daughter Niru, 3, died on the spot and the motorcycle got caught in the railing.

On the same day, Jagmohan, 20, was killed when his motorcycle skidded. He was on his way to the airport when the accident took place.

On March 8, Bala Krishnan, 32, died, while his pillion rider, Mala Palli sustained critical injuries after their motorcycle crashed into a road divider.

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