When the gridlock eases

Traffic in Delhi often is bumper to bumper, bullock carts are negotiated between huge imported SUVs and reckless driven buses, lane driving is seen as an odd, foreign practice, and the air is black with fumes from the growing amount of the new middle classes’ cars.

That changes after midnight. Then the constant flow of people rushing somewhere eases, the gridlock opens, and even most of the trucks – honking, overloaded, low-geared, multicoloured road behemoths –  that cross the city during the night have passed.

But even though the roads empties in the small hours, this is the time when most fatal accidents happen. I have already seen a share of badly looking ones: A truck driven against a tree, a severe hit into the driver’s side at a crossing, and now an overturned taxi.

overturned taxi

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