Three of them lost their lives while four others were battling for life in ICU when a Honda City vehicle, in which they were travelling to appear for semester exam, skid and toppled from the Punjabi Bagh flyover. Ritu, 19, and Sanchit, 20, died on the spot, while Rajat, 22, whose family owned the auto, died in hospital hours later.
"All the seven occupants of the auto are students of Delhi School of Professional Studies and Research (DSPSR) in Rohini Sector 25 and were going to Narela to sit for their second semester examination", DCP (west) Vijay Kumar said. "A few months ago, Rajat had rammed into a vehicle", said Rashi, a classmate of the seven students.
While Sanchit and Ritu died on the spot, Rajat succumbed to injuries at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
Police said the four other occupants - Pranav, Garima, Rishabh and Raja - were being treated at different hospital for severe fractures in the head and spine.
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Police and fire department personnel pulled out those who were stuck inside the auto. According to police officials, Rajat was driving the auto at the time of the accident. They were on their way to write an exam in Narela. "There were cigarette packets and books in the auto". A tyre burst is suspected to have led to the accident. Police said the injured students, who are receiving treatment at a city hospital, have not regained consciousness yet. My son was a helpful and friendly boy. One of the two women in the group, Ritu, was also killed. Eyewitnesses and locals who took the bodies out revealed that initially, they thought the auto had banged someone and within seconds, they saw the vehicle falling from the flyover.
Ritu's father Malkhan Singh said she had studied till 4 a.m. for her examination on Monday. They were on their way to IP College in Narela for their second semester examination when the accident occurred, a senior police officer said.
The incident reportedly left five people injured.