Five persons, including a relative of Praful Patel, union minister for heavy industries and public enterprises, were killed and 12 sustained serious injuries after a luxury bus fell from an elevated highway on the National Highway no-1 in Karnal on Saturday night.
The bus of Manali Mail Volvo service was on its way to Manali in Himachal Pradesh from New Delhi. The accident took place near Nirmal Kutiya.
By the time of filing the report, the district authorities had confirmed the identities of three deceased as Kamlesh Patel of Gujarat, a relative of Praful Patel, Komal of Karnal and Vinod of Bahadurgarh (Haryana).
Deputy commissioner Vikas Yadav, who was supervising the rescue operation, said that identities of two deceased were yet to be confirmed.
Komal had boarded the bus from the city and within minutes met with the accident.
The injured were admitted to Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College and Hospital and other private multi-specialty hospitals of the city.
The injured had multiple injuries and their condition is stated to be serious.
According to the police, an unidentified body was lying on the elevated highway and probably taking it as an injured person, the bus driver negotiated a sharp turn and the vehicle skidded off the highway.
The DC said that the medical teams were ensuring best possible treatment.