Low visibility causes massive pile up of vehicles at Yamuna E-way
GREATER NOIDA: Owing to dense fog and extremely low visibility, around 13 cars and two buses piled up in two separate collisions on the Yamuna Expressway near Greater Noida's Dankaur area on Wednesday morning, injuring twelve people. However, police said major casualties were reported.
According to police, the incident occurred at the 9 km-milestone from the Zero Point around 8.30 am. The collision was reportedly caused by the construction of an over-bridge of the eastern peripheral flyway, due to which a couple of lanes have been closed and barricades have been laid.
"As visibility was very low on Wednesday morning, commuters could not see the barricades and ran over it. The pile-up occurred after a Mahindra SUV car rammed into the barricades. Other vehicles also piled up due to zero visibility" said Farmood Ali Pundir, station house officer, Dankaur police station.
"Acting on the information, a police team was dispatched to the scene. Nearly eight vehicles piled up in one incident while going towards Delhi. Five other vehicles moving towards Agra also collided at the same spot. No one received critical injuries. However, those injured were rushed to Kailash Hospital and were discharged after first aid" added Pundir.
"I had planned to visit Agra on Wednesday and left my residence at Sector 71 at around 6 am. It was impossible to drive on the Yamuna Expressway due to the thick brown haze, with zero visibility. The car's speed did not crossed 35-40 kmph even once. So I and my wife decided to go back home and took a U-turn after driving few kilometers on the Yamuna Expressway," said Sushobit Gupta, one of the affected drivers.
The 165-km long Expressway – which connects Noida near Delhi and Agra – has seen similar accidents in the past, because of fog. Whenever a thick layer of fog envelopes the Capital and nearby areas, it often leads to a rise in the number of road fatalities every year.
A majority of these accidents occur due to absence of adequate reflectors on cars, uneven cat's eye on roads, over-speeding and vehicles being parked by the road side.