Four people were killed and two seriously injured when a speeding Punjab Roadways bus hit a Maruti Swift car near Banur on the Banur-Kharar road on Sunday.
A Haryana Police assistant sub-inspector, Ashok Kumar, and his wife, Sarla Devi, who were among the dead, had taken lift in the car to the Ambala bus stand. But fate willed otherwise. The car met with the mishap just as it had moved 2 km after the couple took the lift. The accident took place at 8.30 am and the bus driver fled the spot.
The public works department is also responsible for the accident, as to avoid potholes the driver had taken the bus to the other side of the road, where it hit the car (HR-26 AT-8702).
This the second such accident involving a roadways bus on the same road, as about two months back a bus had run over two motorcyclists.
The other deceased have been identified as Indu Devi and her daughter Kiran Bala, while the latter's husband, Dev Raj, and an infant were seriously injured and admitted to a hospital, all residents of Pipli in Kurukshetra.
Banur SHO Bikramjit Singh said the four died on the spot. He said the bus driver was responsible for the accident and a hunt had been launched to nab him.
The locals and bus passengers started the rescue operation and police shifted the injured to a hospital, where four were declared brought dead. A case has been registered and police have sent the bodies for post mortem, the SHO added.