CHANDIGARH: Seven members of a family were killed and nine others injured in an accident on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway today when the driver of their pick-up van fell asleep at the wheel, police said.
The accident took place in Haryana's Palwal district when the family was on its way from Mohali to Mathura, Superintendent of Police (SP), Palwal, Waseem Akram said.
There was negligence on part of the driver, he said.
The driver was feeling sleepy and as he continued to drive, he fell asleep at the wheel, the SP added.
The driver, who survived, told the police that the accident took place at 4:30 am and a container truck could have hit the van.
Passengers sitting in the rear portion of the car were killed.
The injured are undergoing treatment at hospitals in Delhi, Mathura and Palwal.