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The monumental Hindon Elevated Road in Ghaziabad probably saw its first major road accident on Wednesday afternoon as a Meerut bound bus carrying a marriage party crashed into a height barrier erected at the UP Gate end.
The accident was followed by a traffic jam on the busy NH24 which lasted for around half an hour before the traffic police took control of the situation.
According to police, forty people were onboard and the bus was carrying a marriage party from Dwarka to Meerut.
The tragic incident left one person grievously injured while others incurred minor injuries.
“Seventeen year old Aniket and Vicky Saini were sitting on the front seat next to the driver. As soon as the bus hit the barrier, Aniket crashed through the front windshield and landed on the road”, said Dharamver Saini, who was aboard the bus.
“His face and left hand were injured by glass shards and he was rushed to Max Hospital,” Saini added.
“The bus coming from Dwarka was being driven at a very high speed and the driver failed to spot the height barrier. As soon as the accident took place, the driver fled the spot. We have learnt that the driver did not know about heavy vehicles being restricted on the elevated road. The road has been cleared now and is open for traffic. We have asked the maintenance team of the road to re-install the barrier,” said RK Baliyan, in charge of UP Gate police post. He further added that the police have not registered a case yet.
The UP Gate-Raj Nagar Extension elevated road was recently thrown open for the public after its inauguration by chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Heavy vehicles are not permitted to ply on this road and the GDA has erected height barriers at all the entry and exit points of the road.
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