AI hostess killed in accident

A 36-year-old air hostess, working with Air India, died in a road accident on Thursday as her office cab rammed into another vehicle in a pile up on Rajokri flyover in south Delhi.

The deceased Shakambari Zutshi was travelling towards the airport from her home in Faridabad when her office cab met with an accident on NH-8 Rajokri flyover at around 4.30 am, police said.

Zutshi flying to Kolkata to meet her husband, Rajeev Dhar, who is suffering from blood cancer, the said police.

The truck driver who was driving ahead of the two cars - Innova and Indigo - suddenly applied the brakes causing the Innova to ram into the truck and the Indigo to ram into the Innova,” said additional DCP-I (South) Nupur Prasad.

The impact of the accident was felt the most by Shakambari’s car since it was completely damaged.

She succumbed during treatment but her driver continues to be in a critical condition and under observation at the hospital.

The occupants of the Innova car - a driver and a lady are also being treated for injuries.
The truck driver immediately fled the site and police are looking for him.

After the accident Zutshi was rushed to Spinal Injuries Centre in Mahipalpur.

She passed away during her treatment, and family members were informed about the accident. Zutshi’s post mortem was conducted after which her body was handed over to the family members.

Police reached the accident site and apprehended the driver. The vehicles which met with the accident were also impounded.

In a statement to the media, Air India said: “Our cabin crew Shakambari Zutshi is no more with us.

Her company transport cab met with an accident on Friday morning in Delhi on the way to airport. She was reporting for flight AI-401 CCU QTA. Saddest part is that her husband has blood cancer, she was always taking short flights from Delhi to spend maximum time with her husband”. She also leaves behind a child

A case under Section 304(A) of IPC (causing death by negligence) has been registered at the Vasant Kunj (South) police station.

Delhi Traffic Police suspect that the vehicles were overspeeding at the time of the accident due to deserted roads in the early morning.

“Both the vehicles were badly damaged and it appears that the drivers were overspeeding as the roads were empty in the wee hours. ,” said a senior Delhi Traffic Police official.

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