The deceased include four members of a family from Haryana.
The incident occurred when the oil tanker crashed into the car after hitting a road divider near milestone 68.
The oil tanker ouverturned after it rammed into the car.
According to Police, Manoj Garg, a resident of Jind, was returning home with his family and some relatives after offering prayers at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan.
The oil tanker being lifted up by a crane
The deceased were identified as Manoj Garg (47), his wife Babita (40), son Abhay (18) and Hemant (16) and Babita’s nephew — Kannu (10) and Himadri (14) — and driver Rakesh (39).
The firefighters at the spot
“I last spoke to my sister Babita around 9.30pm. A couple of hours later, I received a call about the accident. My kids also died in the accident,” said Manoj’s brother-in-law Mukesh Mittal.
“My sister took his son Kannu and Himadri with them to Vrindavan from Samalkha around 2pm on Tuesday. We never thought that we would not meet them ever again,” added Mukesh.
Police suspect that the driver of the oil tanker dozed off at the wheel and lost control of it.
The oil tanker driver and his helper fled the spot but they have been identified from the gate pass found inside the tanker.
“All bodies have been sent for postmortem. Their family members reached Mathura after being informed by the police. The rescue operation was conducted for almost four hours,” the police said.
“Oil spread on the road after the tanker overturned. It could have been disastrous for vehicles passing on Yamuna Expressway,” chief fire officer Pramod Sharma said.