A auto on Monday fell down from flyover which claimed four lives and left three others struggling for lives in Punjabi Bagh area of New Delhi. Two students succumbed to injuries before they could reach the hospital and another occupant breathed his last later in the evening.
At least two persons died, including a woman, and five others were injured when a auto jumped off from a flyover on Monday, the city police said. Two of the students-Sanchit Chhabra and Ritu Singh died on the spot while Rajat, who was driving the auto, succumbed to injuries during treatment later on. Atop a flyover near Punjabi Bagh, the driver lost control around 8.30am, likely due to tyre burst when it crashed into a divider and fell off the Punjabi Bagh flyover.
The auto then hit the railing of the flyover, turned turtle and fell flat adjacent to a railway track below the flyover. They were on their way to write an exam in Narela. Police said Ritu and Sanchit's parents were handed over their bodies after an autopsy at the Sanjay Gandhi hospital.
The students, who were in their teens, had assembled at Rajat's house in east Punjabi Bagh before leaving for their exam centre, police said. "We are also probing whether Rajat, who was behind the wheel, had a driving licence", he added.
The vehicle allegedly rammed the divider and was flung in the air, after which it crashed through the side of the flyover and landed below on its roof, killing two occupants instantly.
The father of Raja Rastogi, who recuperating at the AIIMS Trauma Centre, said, "So far we got to know that there was a tyre puncture and that the Rajat was speeding". We called the police, who later took the students away.
Devoid of any cars, the locals begin loading the victims on handcart when police arrive and rush them to different hospitals.
The police are waiting to record the statements of the injured students to ascertain the sequence of events. Rajat, who was driving the vehicle, passed away later in the day. The forensic team inspected the vehicle.