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Four killed as speeding car runs over labourers

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END OF THE ROAD: This is all that remains of the Honda City car which steered out of control killing four construction workers and injuring four others near the Safdurjung flyover in the Capital in the early hours of Monday.

NEW DELHI: In an incident reminiscent of the infamous BMW case, four labourers, including a boy, were killed and four others injured when a speeding car ploughed into them on the Safdarjung flyover in the Capital in the early hours of Monday.

While two of the car's occupants were caught and handed over to the police, the driver vanished from the spot abandoning the mangled vehicle.

The tragic accident took place in the middle of the night around 1-15 a.m. when over 15 labourers were busy repairing the road on the flyover. They had put up a “Men at Work” signboard and barricades ahead of the repair work site cautioning incoming vehicles. The speeding car rammed the signboard, veered out of control and ploughed into the labourers. It then hit a cart and came to a halt after colliding with a stationary tractor. The vehicle's front portion was completely crushed. The driver got out of the car and fled.

While eight labourers were injured, the others rushed towards the car and overpowered the two occupants.

“We were repairing the road when we suddenly heard a screeching noise and then a car came and hit the labourers,” said Pankaj, who escaped unhurt.

Another labourer said moments before the accident took place another speeding vehicle had brushed past him. He, however, escaped with minor bruises.

The injured were rushed to the Trauma Centre of All-India Institute of Medical Sciences and Safdarjung Hospital. Four of the victims were declared dead on arrival. They were identified as Abhinandan (15), Vikas (25), Lal Babu (26) and Joginder (35), all residents of Bihar. The injured were identified as Lallan (18), Man Shekhar (23), Pinky (23) and Shailesh Yadav (35). All of them sustained fractures in their legs.

The two occupants of the car handed over to the police were identified as Shahbaz, a college student, and Alam, who is into event management. During questioning, they purportedly disclosed that they were residents of Chandan Hulla in Mehrauli. Claiming that one Shahid, who is pursuing his medical education abroad, was driving the car, they said that they were travelling in the rear seat.

Preliminary enquiries revealed that the three were on their way to an eating joint when the accident took place.

The police have registered a case of causing death due to negligent driving and are trying to trace the third occupant.

“At this stage, we cannot say who exactly was driving the car. Things will become clear once the third person is quizzed,” said a police officer.

The car is registered in the name of a Sadar Bazar-based firm dealing in metals.

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