Eight residents of Changa Rai Uttar, a remote village in Guru Har Sahai, a sub division of Ferozepur district, were killed in a collision between a Tempo Trax (a type of vehicle mostly used as a taxi in these parts), they were on, and a truck at Alfoo Ke village, 16km from Ferozepur city, on the Ferozepur-Fazilka road at 7.30am on Friday.
The Tempo (PB-05-V-09239) was carrying 16 people from the village to a religious congregation at Desia village in Nakodar. The driver of the Tempo has also been killed. There are four women among the deceased; the other passengers have been critically injured.
The collision between the truck (RJ-07-G-5736) and the vehicle was so massive that the Tempo was dragged for more than 100 metre. The police, passersby and residents of neighbouring villages had to tear down the doors of the mangled remains of the vehicle to take out the occupants.
Five occupants of the Tempo were killed on the spot, while three had succumbed to injuries during treatment, till the filing of this report.
The deceased have been identified as Joginder Singh, Diyal Singh, Bhisember Singh, Kartaro, Santo, Bhago, Harmesh Singh and Durga. The injured have been identified as Jarnail Singh, Mukhtiar Singh, Babbu, Jaspal Singh, Mukhtiar Singh, Sona Singh, and Amarjeet Kaur.
The truck driver, who remains unidentified, managed to flee. He has been booked under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code.
Ferozepur SSP Hardial Singh Mann and ADC (development) Neelima met the other injured at the Ferozepur civil hospital.
Congress MLA Rana Gurmit Sodhi and SAD leader Verdev Singh Nonni Mann have expressed their condolences to the bereaved families.
The post-mortem of the deceased in underway and the police have launched a manhunt for the truck driver.
Ferozepur deputy commissioner DPS Kharbanda said treatment expense of those injured will be borne by the state government and the Red Cross.
The deceased have been identified as Joginder Singh, Diyal Singh, Bhisember Singh, Kartaro, Santo, Bhago, Harmesh Singh and Durga.
The injured have been identified as Jarnail Singh, Mukhtiar Singh, Babbu, Jaspal Singh, Mukhtiar Singh, Sona Singh, and Amarjeet Kaur.