Three students of Amity University were killed and seven others injured after their rental Mahindra Scorpio collided with a tractor on National Highway 1 in Noida. They were going on a trip to Murthal a few hours after midnight Friday, said police.
Both the vehicles involved in the accident have been seized by the police. Deputy commissioner of the police (outer district) said, "The driver of the tractor is on the run. A case under sections 279 (rash and negligent driving) and 304-A (death caused due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Alipur police station. Investigations are on."
The causes of the accident maybe because of the poor visibility in nighttime and overload. Police also said that the student was driving the car at high speed.
So, what are the risks to overloading a vehicle?
- The vehicle will be less stable, difficult to manoeuvre and take longer to stop. Vehicles will act strangely when the maximum weights which they are designed to carry are exceeded.
- Overloaded vehicles can cause tyres to overheat and will wear out quickly, leading to expensive failures or blow-outs.
- These vehicles cannot accelerate as normal and at night it will be very difficult to pass other vehicles.
- Under braking, the brakes will overheat and lose the effectiveness to stop the car.
- Also, the suspension system comes under stress and eventually the weakest point can give away.
- If an overloaded vehicle crashes, it won't get any insurance cover as overloading is illegal.
So, be safe while driving at night and make sure you are within your limits.