SUV catches fire on Gurugram Expressway, disrupts traffic

Gurugram, Nov 18 (IANS) An SUV caught fire near here on Friday, resulting in traffic disruption for over an hour on the Delhi-Gurugram stretch of the busy Delhi-Jaipur-Mumbai National Highway-8, a fire officer said.

A police officer said a suspected electrical short-circuiting in the SUV’s air conditioner caused the fire around noon.

Traffic on the Delhi-Jaipur stretch from the Hero Honda Chowk to the Rajiv Chowk and from Hero Honda Chowk to Narsingpur on the Delhi-Jaipur stretch was affected.

The vehicle, a Mahindra Scorpio (HR26-DK-2346) of Jitender Kumar, caught fire when he was driving it from Delhi to Kherki Daula toll plaza.

“When the SUV reached near the Khandsa foot-overbridge close to the Hero Honda Chowk, Jatinder noticed smoke emanating and warned drivers of other passing vehicles. He abandoned the vehicle before fire erupted,” a senior police officer said.

Jatinder is a resident of Gurugram’s Khandsa village on the expressway.

“We rushed a fire engine to douse the fire but the SUV was almost gutted by the time firemen reached the spot,” Senior Fire Officer Narender Yadav told IANS.