By KV Nair-BhatiaThe Delhi government on Friday reported a third death in a major road accident on Wednesday in the capital, which has seen a spate of accidents and road mishaps in the past three weeks.
The National Capital Territory Transport Corporation (NCTTC) said that on Wednesday, a traffic accident occurred in south Delhi when a van carrying three passengers was hit by a large transport vehicle.
The NCTTC said the driver of the van sustained minor injuries in the accident and was taken to a hospital for further treatment.
The NCTTC added that in the morning, the transport vehicles were inspected and found to be damaged.
The vehicle was towed and inspected again on Thursday.
The company said the vehicle had a faulty engine and a faulty trailer.
The company said in its latest accident report that the driver sustained minor head injuries and was discharged from hospital on Friday.
The government has blamed a few miscreants for the accidents, with the police saying on Thursday that the number of accidents in the national capital city has gone up by nearly 20 per cent in the last three weeks and that there have been over 3,200 accidents.
The NDTV team visited the accident scene and found that a group of about 30 people were on the road, some of them wearing masks.
The NDTV reporter found that the van was partially damaged and the driver was being questioned by police.
The van was also carrying two police officers and three other officials.
The transport ministry had earlier said that three of the five people injured in the Wednesday accident had succumbed to their injuries.
The NCTTDTC said that in its accident report, it had received a complaint from a member of the public stating that the vehicle involved in the collision had a damaged engine.
The accident came as a blow to the transport ministry as the ministry had announced that it would hold a road safety conference next week.
It had earlier on Thursday announced the formation of a committee comprising Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Transport Commissioner KV Singh on road safety.