After a massive pile-up of 50 vehicles, eight people died and several were injured, because of dense fog on the Rohtak-Rewari Highway between Delhi-Haryana today morning. The 50 vehicles pile-up list included few school buses.
The accident took place near a flyover in Jhajjar, Haryana. Out of the eight dead, seven are women and ten were critically injured.
Images from the incident spot showed partly damaged cars being removed from the road and injured being rescued of mangled vehicles.
After the accident, there was 2 km traffic jam on the busy highway.
Eight people, who died on spot were traveling in an SUV from their village to Delhi’s Najafgarh, for a condolence visit, when it knocked down with a truck.
A Police Official of Jhajjar Police Station said that “as the cruiser jeep was involved in an accident with a truck, other vehicles which were close behind also rammed each other. The visibility was poor due to dense fog.”
Haryana Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar paid a visit to a nearby government hospital in Jhajjar, where the injured were admitted. Haryana government has announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh to the families of the eight dead people and Rs. 1 lakh each for injured people.
Several places of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Rajasthan were trapped in a dense fog in the early morning. The visibility in the place was as low as 500 meters in several areas.
A private weather forecasting agency Skymet said in a statement that “Cold weather combined with the availability of moisture will result in foggy conditions over northwest India. This dense fog is likely to reduce visibility over Punjab, Haryana, north Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh resulting in difficulty for commuters in the morning and noon hours.”