Twelve members of a family were killed and 11 others injured when the pick-up van and the Haryana roadways bus they were travelling in collided on the Pipli-Saharanpur highway, 20 kms from Kurukshetra, on Thursday. All those killed were travelling in the pick-up van and were returning from a pilgrimage to a shrine in Rajasthan.
The deceased include two women and a minor. Eyewitnesses said eight persons had died on the spot and the driver of the pick-up van was speeding. Civil surgeon Dr Vandana Bhatia said family members of the deceased had been asked to identify the bodies. All deceased were travelling in the pick-up van.
She said that of the 11 injured, nine had been admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Civil Hospital in Kurukshetra, while two were under treatment at a community health centre in Ladwa. There were more than more than 20 passengers travelling in the pick-up van.
Kurukshetra superintendent of police Rakesh Arya said the deceased hailed from Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, and were relatives. He said forensic experts had been called to ascertain the cause of the accident. This is the second major road accident in the last one week in which pilgrims have been killed.
On July 30, 29 persons, including 10 women and 3 children, were killed and 45 others injured when the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a truck in Bhiwani district. Then too, the vehicles were speeding.