Three injured in car pile-up

Three injured in car pile-up

Three persons, including a policeman, were injured in accidents leading to a pile-up of five vehicles, also involving a PCR van, near central Delhi’s Rail Bhavan, late on Friday.  The accidents apparently occurred due to low visibility, dropping to zero in the early hours of Saturday, due to dense fog, the police said.

The first incident involved a Honda City and a Maruti car. “A PCR call was made to report the incident at around 11.45 pm. The second accident occurred after the PCR van responded to the call within five to seven minutes,” said a police officer.

The driver of the Honda City lost control and the vehicle ended up on the pavement. Just as the PCR van responding to the call was parking on the roadside, a speeding Audi car rammed into the vehicle from behind. The car then went on to ram another motorcycle parked near the PCR van.

“An assistant sub-inspector with Delhi police was injured in the second accident. He was with a PCR van stationed near Parliament House and was on patrol duty,” the officer added.

The driver of the Audi was allegedly driving in an inebriated condition. Other than the policeman, two women occupants of the cars also sustained minor injuries.

“All of them underwent treatment at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital,” the officer said. Two cases of rash driving and causing hurt have been registered with Parliament Street police station, but no arrests have been made so far.

Delhiites had woken up to a chilly morning on Saturday with the mercury dipping to 11.5 degrees celsius.

According to Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander, motorists must follow certain precautions to avoid accidents in such conditions.

“Drive with lights on low beam as high beam get reflected back in fog and impairs visibility. The driver must also honk periodically to let other drivers know his presence,” said Chander.

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