Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Noida witnesses biggest traffic pileup, 10 Car crash on Noida Expressway - VIDEO

The Noida-Greater Noida Expressway witnessed the biggest pileup ever in the district with over 30 vehicles crashing into each other in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Even though the 23km e-way falls in the jurisdiction of four police stations, eyewitnesses said not a single PCR van reached the spot till almost eight hours after the incident. The incident occurred about 10 kilometres from Pari Chowk in Greater Noida when speeding vehicles rammed into a stationary Eicher truck due to thick fog and poor visibility.

Moreover, as the police reached the spot hours after the incident, the actual number of vehicles involved in the accident or the number of injured could not be provided by the district administration. Even though the Gautam Budh Nagar police claim that the truck and other damaged vehicles were removed by 10.30am, the TOI team at the spot saw the vehicles getting towed away only by noon.

The expressway is equipped with six patrol vehicles, but those involved in the pileup had to fend for themselves in the chill as no PCR van appeared for hours. "As there were no cops or cranes, victims of the pile-up got together to push the damaged vehicles to the shoulder of the expressway so that others would not crash into them," said an occupant of one of the cars.
The police said that the accident occurred around 5am near Mohiyapur village in the vicinity of sector 168. While some motorists drove away, around nine badly damaged cars, besides the truck, remained on the expressway.

"Around 6.45am, the police control room received the first call of a crash involving multiple vehicles on the Expressway," said a cop from Surajpur police station. "Police teams reached the spot around 7.40am and only found the truck there which was removed by about 10.30am," the inspector said. "In order to stop more vehicles from being involved in the accident, we also blocked all traffic coming from Pari Chowk for about half an hour. Normal traffic resumed on the expressway by 10.30am," claimed the police official.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that the chain reaction started when the driver of a Zen Estilo car - the first vehicle of the crash - did not notice the stationary truck due to the dense fog and rammed into it. Soon after, the Honda City car of a resident of Greater Noida on her way to the airport crashed into the Zen. A Honda CRV was next to hit the pileup followed by a Tavera, and many more.

Local residents said that the truck broke down and stall across three lanes of the expressway leaking oil and diesel on the road. "The cars could have even slipped on the leaked oil and rammed into the cars in front being unable to brake in time," said an eyewitness.

Police records show that the expressway witnesses at least one pileup every winter due to dense fog and poor visibility. In January, 2010, 17 cars had rammed into each other leaving seven people seriously injured.
The year before, there was a seven-vehicle crash resulting in one death. While motorists allege lack of basic road infrastructure to aid driving in heavy fog and low visibility as the main reason for road accidents, besides heavy vehicles parked on the e-way, authorities prefer to blame such incidents on traffic rules not being followed by drivers.


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