The early morning accident raised questions on why long vehicles with iron rods protruding from them are allowed to be parked along the expressway. These stationary trucks pose dangers to speeding vehicles, particularly near the bends.
Around 5am on Tuesday, Mohammed Rafique (35) was driving the truck (NL01Q1321) — owned by Varuna Integrated Logistics — towards Dadri when he crashed into the trailer parked near Bambawad village. Iron rods jutting out of the trailer smashed the glass of the truck and Rafique was squeezed between the steering and his seat. His father Chaman Khan, who was seated next to him, suffered injuries to the ankle and nose.
Residents of nearby villages informed police and a team from the nearest police station rushed to the spot. The truck and the trailer were tied to separate vehicles and pulled apart. Rafique’s body, which was stuck between the steering and seat, was then brought out of the truck. “It took almost an hour to bring out the body as villagers and the police struggled to pull the vehicles apart. Rafique’s chest and legs were stuck between steering and the seat as the front portion of the truck was mangled,” said a police officer inspecting the spot. An NHAI ambulance rushed Rafique’s father Chaman to the Dadri community health centre around 8.45am. A doctor there said Chaman had suffered injuries to his ankle and nose, but was out of danger. Vinay Kumar, the SHO of Badalpur police station, said Rafique’s family had been informed about the accident and they had arrived at the hospital to take the body.
Mohammed Naeem, Chaman’s nephew, said Rafique’s employer had lodged a complaint at Badalpur police station against the driver of the trailer who had parked the vehicle loaded with iron rods on one side of the expressway. He questioned why no action was taken by the NHAI on such stationary trucks parked along the EPE, which often pose dangers to speeding vehicles.
“My cousin met a tragic death. But it could have been avoided had the authorities taken action against such stationary vehicles,” he said.
Kumar told TOI that an FIR had been registered under sections 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 427 (mischief causing damage), 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC against the driver of the goods carrier trailer.