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Five killed as car rams into truck near Karnal

In a tragic example of negligence, five young lives were snuffed out when a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), Renault Duster, collided with a stationary truck along an elevated stretch on the Jalandhar-Panipat National Highway-1 in Sector 6 on Saturday.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 14, 2015 22:00 IST
HT Correspondent
Chandigarh

In a tragic example of negligence, five young lives were snuffed out when a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), Renault Duster, collided with a stationary truck along an elevated stretch on the Jalandhar-Panipat National Highway-1 in Sector 6 on Saturday.

Sources said that vehicles are not even allowed on the stretch, but in the absence of proper signage, the driver of the Duster went on the elevated portion of the highway, near the gurdwara.

The deceased have been identified as Sonali, a resident of Sonepat; Sanjana and Neha. All three were students at the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36-A, Chandigarh; and Aman and Yatin from Sonepat. All five were in the 20s.

Sonali was on his way to Sonepat from Chandigarh, after hearing the news of her father's death on Friday.

Two other occupants of the vehicle - Sonali's batch mate Ruby and Tarun from Sonepat sustained multiple injuries and were being treated at the Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College.

Sonali and her friends were on their home to Sonepat and the men, her friends, had arrived from Sonepat to Karnal to pick them.

A close family friend of Sonali, Sanjay Jain, from Sonepat alleged that the SUV went up the elevated stretch as there is no signage or barricading cautioning NH users that the road merges with the NH-1 after the Government College Chowk.

Interestingly, soon after the fatal accident, local officials of Soma Isolux, the company engaged in the widening of the NH-1, erected barricades near the under-construction flyover. Even signboards were placed ahead of the entry point of the elevated highway.

Superintendent of police Abhishek Garg said strict legal action would be initiated against Soma Isolux for being negligent in road safety.

"Several road accidents have taken places on NH-1 which could have averted has there been traffic regulatory signage.
Despite official letters written by the district administration in the recent months, the private construction company had done nothing to improve the situation. Now, as a complaint has been filed against the company, due legal action would be initiated against the erring construction company," said the SP.

The deceased

The deceased have been identified as Sonali, a resident of Sonepat; Sanjana and Neha. All three were students at the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36-A, Chandigarh; and Aman and Yatin from Sonepat. All five were in the 20s.

Barricading springs up after mishap

Interestingly, soon after the fatal accident, local officials of Soma Isolux, the company engaged in the widening of the NH-1, erected barricades near the under-construction flyover. Even signboards were placed ahead of the entry point of the elevated highway.