Ten students of Galgotias University were injured once a rushing Maruti Suzuki Eeco van they were moving in lost control, hit a divider and overturned on the Yamuna Expressway on Thursday.
The victims said the shared Eeco van was speeding and flipped many times before coming to a stop.
Two of the injured students were said to be in a critical condition, with doctors saying that one may even lose a leg.
According to the police, the ten students had boarded the shared Eeco van from the outside botanical garden metro station for Galgotias University, around 40km away.
One of the students, Paridhi Thakur, a first BBA student, free with minor injuries on her right leg. “I board East Delhi. I reached the facility tube and boarded the shared Eeco around 11 am. They charge Rs 45 per traveler for the 40km distance,” she said.
Apart from Thakur, 9other students — Aryan Sisodiya (19), Amisha Dutta (19), Chandan Kumar Yadav (20), Khalid (27), Om Anand (20), Mayank (22), Bhawesh Kumar (20), Aftab (25) and Mudit Unniyal (23) – from the university had boarded the cab at botanical garden metro .
The seven-seater Eeco was overloaded with 10 passengers, against permit norms, at the time of the mishap.
Thakur said that the Eeco was running at a speed of over 100kmph on the expressway when the accident took place around 11.30am.
“We had repeatedly been asking the motive force to slow down. however, our pleas fell on deaf ears. Around two hundred metres before Galgotias University, the driver did not talk over a left flip and hit the median, resulting in the accident,” Thakur same. The permissible speed limit for cars on the expressway is 100 kmph.
The vehicle flipped many times before returning to a stop, trapping all the occupants. Some passers-by informed the police and initiated a rescue.
Amit Kishore Shrivastava, Circle Officer greater Noida 2, said the police team rushed the victims to Kailash Hospital in bigger Noida.
“The driver of the car fled after the incident,” he said.
Dr Meenakshi, casualty medical officer, Kailash Hospital, said that 2 of the injured — Aryan and Amisha — were critical. “Aryan has sustained critical injuries and his left leg mightneed to be amputated. Amisha has received critical injuries in her lower abdomen. She has also suffered a shock and is within theicu,” she said.