Four people were killed in a road accident when a Punjab Roadways bus (PB 05 B 9447) of the Ferozepur depot and a Swift Dzire (PB 30 K 9732) got involved in a collision on the Moga-Ludhiana national highway near Mehna village, 12 km from here on Sunday.
According to the police, the deceased, who died on the spot, have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, 55, owner of the car; his wife Gurdeep Kaur, 51; and their relatives Manjeet Kaur, 45 and Amandeep Kaur, 18, all residents of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Muktsar.
All the deceased were the occupants of the car. There were some passengers in the bus, but no one was reported to have been injured.
Parteek Singh, the driver of the car, who was also one of the relatives of the deceased, was seriously injured and was rushed to the Dr Mathura Dass civil hospital here, from where he was referred to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. According to the villagers, who reached the spot, the accident took place at around 7.15 am.
Surinder Kaur, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Moga, and other senior police officials reached the spot of the accident. The bodies were retrieved from the car after breaking its body. Several members of the local social organisations joined the rescue work.
Gur meet Singh, de puty superintendent of police (DSP), said that the bus was on its way to Chandigarh while occupants of the car were retur ning from a shrine near Jagraon in Ludhiana district after paying obeisance there.
“While both vehicles reached near the Mehna village, the speeding bus allegedly collided with the car head-on,” said the police official.
The bus driver fled after leaving the bus on the spot, the police official said. The bodies were brought to the Moga civil hospital for post mortem and, after autopsy, they were handed over to the families.
Jatinder Singh Khaira, senior superintendent of police (SSP), said, “A case has been registered against the driver of the bus at Mehna police station on the statement of Raghuraj Singh, a close relative of the deceased. A special police team has been formed to trace and nab the bus driver. Further investigations are underway.”