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Five injured in accident near Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Five persons, including a police official and two women, were injured in an accident involving five cars, a police van and a few motorbikes at an intersection near the Rashtrapati Bhavan, police said today.

The incident was reported around 11.30 PM last night when a speeding Honda City car collided with a Maruti SX4 car at the Rafi Marg – Rajpath intersection, close to Vijay Chowk, following which the Honda City climbed over a pavement, said a police official.

A Police Control Room (PCR) van was rushed to the spot and several other vehicles gathered there within minutes, said the official.

Meanwhile, a speeding Audi car approached the intersection and lost control in a bid to prevent ramming into the SX4, but ended up hitting several other vehicles, including the PCR van, two cars (a Zen Estilo and an Alto) and a few motorbikes, the official said.

The driver of the Audi car, who was suspected to be drunk, escaped unhurt as the car’s airbags got activated and he fled the scene, abandoning the car at the spot, the official said.

The police official, identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector Jagdish, went to attend the call along with two women constables, in connection with the first accident, and the two injured women were occupants of the cars involved in the first collision, said police.

Later, two men were injured in the second collision.

“The five injured persons were rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital and a case of rash driving has been registered,” said DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal.

When the police checked records, it emerged that the Audi car belongs to a Patel Nagar-based businessman. However, preliminary investigation has revealed that the owner was not driving the vehicle at the time of the incident, said a police official.

The car owner and his driver were questioned today at Parliament Street police station. Legal action will follow, the official added.