New Delhi: At least eight people were killed and 10 injured after 50 vehicles piled up on Rohtak-Rewari highway in Haryana due to dense fog conditions, news agency ANI reported on Monday. Expressing grief on the incident, Haryana Minister OP Dhankar said, “Compensation of Rs 2 lakhs will be given to the kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh to those severely injured and Rs 50,000 to those with minor injuries.”

Several cars, tempo, trucks, and school buses were involved in the accident. The police officials have rushed to the spot and rescue operation is underway.

For the past one week, a cold wave is sweeping in Punjab and Haryana. The fog has reduced the visibility level at most places in the region, including at Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda, Gurdaspur, Ferozepur, Hisar, Karnal, Ambala, Bhiwani, and Sirsa.

Last year, around 25 cars were piled up on the Yamuna Expressway. The report had suggested that the car rammed each other due to dense fog in the area causing low visibility. Fortunately, the motorist travelling in the vehicle faced minor injuries.

The accident took place near the Jewar Toll plaza, some 70 kilometres away from Delhi. The 165 km long Yamuna Expressway which has been constructed a few years ago connect Delhi to Agra via Greater Noida.

The pile-up of a huge number of cars and dense fog also resulted in an hour-long traffic jam. Soon after the incident was reported on control room cops and rescue team rushed to the spot.

In the fog, trains and flights are also cancelled or diverted due to the fog.