Lucknow: Dense fog continues to take more lives on Expressways in Uttar Pradesh. Eight people, including six of a family, were killed and 14 injured in three accidents in which several vehicles collided on Lucknow-Agra Expressway early Saturday morning due to dense fog.
Six of a family were killed when their car rammed into a stationary truck near Kannauj under Taalgram Police Station. One of the deceased, who was driving the car, could not see the stationary truck due to dense fog and rammed into it. The impact of the accident was so huge that all occupants of the car died on the spot
The deceased have been identified as Gyanendra Yadav (32), Sonu Yadav (31), Pramod Yadav (35), Mohit Yadav (36), Satyendra Yadav (18) and Suraj Yadav (15). All were residents of Kakori in Lucknow. The family was going to Jaipur.
A rescue team of Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) and a police team from Taalgram Polce Station rushed to the accident site. The rescue team had a difficult time in retrieving bodies from the mingled car. Bodies have been sent for post mortem and their family members have been informed.
In the second accident due to heavy fog, five vehicles collided with one another near Bharthana in Etawah on Lucknow-Agra Expressway. Two persons were killed and 12 injured in the collision of vehicles. Bodies have been sent for post mortem and the injured have been admitted in Saifai hospital.
In yet another collision, near Firozabad as many as 15 vehicles rammed one after another due to dense fog. About half a dozen people received injuries in the collision. A UPEIDA official said that before people could get out of their vehicle after the collision, another would hit them and it continued till a roadblock was put up to warn drivers.
This led to heavy traffic jam on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway. Traffic was diverted to clear the route. Several cranes were pressed to lift vehicles met with accidents and the expressway route was opened after an hour. A UPEIDA official has advised people not to travel at night and early morning till the weather condition improves.