Six killed, 24 hurt as bus rams into tree at Mukerian
Six persons were killed and 24 injured when a tourist bus rammed into a tree near Jandwal village in Hoshiarpur's Mukerian subdivision in the wee hours of Tuesday.chandigarh Updated: Sep 17, 2013 20:43 IST
Six persons were killed and 24 injured when a tourist bus rammed into a tree near Jandwal village in Hoshiarpur's Mukerian subdivision in the wee hours of Tuesday.
The private bus (HR17-T4358) was carrying pilgrims from Uklana Mandi in Hisar district of Haryana to Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir. The accident took place probably because the bus driver dozed off.
(Mangled remains of the tourist bus which met with an accident in Mukerian subdivision of
Hoshiarpur district on Tuesday. Harpreet Kaur/HT)
People of nearby villages rushed to the spot when they heard the collision around 3:30am. Six persons died on the spot. Their bodies were badly mutilated. They were identified as Maan Singh, Satpal, Surjit Singh, Subhash Chander Narang, Madan Lal Singla and Mohinder Singh, all residents of Hisar district. The injured were admitted to the Mukerian civil hospital. They revealed that the bus had left Uklana Mandi around 8pm.
Subdivisional magistrate Rahul Chaba and assistant superintendent of police (ACP) Nanak Singh reached the site and oversaw the rescue operation. Later, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill also visited the spot.
Bus driver Satish Chander and conductor Dharamvir fled from the scene after the accident. A case under sections 304-A (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 279 (rash driving), 337 and 338 (endangering life of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against the duo at the Mukerian police station.