Three retired navy personnel killed in Delhi car accident (Lead)

November 8th, 2008 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) Three retired personnel of the Indian Navy were burnt to death when their CNG-powered car collided head-on with a speeding truck in southwest Delhi and caught fire in the early hours of Saturday.The speeding dumper truck, which was going from Kapasehra to Najafgarh on Bijwasan Road at around 1.15 a.m, lost control and rammed into the Wagon R car which had the three retired naval staff as its occupants - Pawan Kumar, Devkaran and Jitendra.

It then went on to hit two bikers, Parminder Kumar and Sonu - residents of Bhondsi and Palwal in Haryana, who were coming from the opposite direction on the same stretch.

Eyewitnesses told police the car was hit so hard that it turned turtle and went up in the air. It came down and exploded.

“People said it all happened so fast that no one had any time to react. The CNG gas cylinder fitted in the car could be a possible reason for such a massive explosion and fire,” said a police officer.

“The doors too seemed to have jammed. Eyewitnesses said the person on the back seat tried to knock it open but even before anyone could react, the car exploded,” the officer said.

Pawan Kumar and Devkaran died on the spot while Jitendra was rushed to a city hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The trio had retired from Indian Navy and were employed with a Gurgaon-based firm.

The condition of Parminder Kumar and Sonu, who suffered multiple fractures, was said to be stable.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest Delhi) Shalini Singh said they were trying to identify the truck driver. “We have registered a case of rash and negligent driving against him and a search is on to nab him,” Singh said.

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