Six killed in two road accidents in DelhiMarch 23rd, 2008 - 11:01 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Six people were killed in the capital Saturday in two related road accidents caused by drunken driving, police said Sunday. Jayaveer alias Deva, a resident of Sarai Kale Khan, was driving a Swaraj Mazda van with 10 passengers and lost control of the vehicle near the Maharani Bagh loop in south Delhi and hit the road divider at 1.30 p.m.
As the engine caught fire, one passenger, Manu, was charred to death on the spot, while two others, Santosh and Vipin, died at the Safdarjung Hospital.
The driver, however, was saved as he jumped out in time. The police said he was driving in a drunken state.
The crowding at the spot resulted in a traffic jam - and another accident an hour later.
Azad Singh, Raghubir Singh and Ravinder from Sarai Kale Khan were going towards Ashram in an auto-rickshaw whose driver took the wrong side of the road to avoid the traffic jam.
The three-wheeler was then hit by a speeding Maruti Swift. Three people in the car, identified as Amit Singh, 30, Anurag, 28, and Prabhat, 30 - all residents of Noida, were killed in the accident.
The police said the three were drunk. The auto-rickshaw driver and two of the passengers were rushed to a hospital in critical condition.
Cases of drunken driving saw a rise Saturday as Delhi celebrated the Holi festival. Saturday was a dry day in the capital under the city’s excise laws.