Four of family from Delhi die as car crashes into truck in Ambala

Four of a Delhi-based family — a couple and their two children — died in a road mishap in Ambala district on Sunday, after the car in which they were travelling from Delhi to Amritsar rammed into a stationary truck parked on the side of the highway.

Police said the accident took place around noon near Manji Sahib Gurdwara on the highway.

The deceased were identified as Sachin Gupta (45), his wife Rakhi Gupta (38), their son Pratyaksh (12) and daughter Vrinda (3).

According to police, while Sachin, Rakhi and Pratyaksh died on the spot, their daughter Vrinda was rushed to Trauma Centre, Ambala Hospital, from where she was referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. She was declared dead at PGIMER. The family was based in Loha Mandi, Naraina, Delhi.

According to police, the Gupta family was travelling in a Swift Dzire, from Delhi to Amritsar.

Eyewitnesses told police that another unidentified vehicle hit the car on the right side while trying to overtake it. Following this, the driver of Dzire (Sachin Gupta) lost control of the vehicle and rammed into a truck, which was parked on the side of the highway.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ambala, Ashok Kumar and Station House Officer, Ambala city police station, Inspector Ram Niwas, reached the spot and supervised the rescue operation.

"The car was completely crushed under the rear portion of the truck. We had to us a crane to get the car out from beneath the truck and then extract the people out of the mangled remains of the vehicles,"a police officer said.

According to police, the rescue operation went on for over an hour, but three of the four occupants of the car had already died by the time they were rescued. Police had to use iron-sheet cutters to remove the roof of the car to extract them.

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