Three members of a family and their driver were killed after an unidentified vehicle rammed into their car from behind on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Lalru in SAS Nagar.
Such was the impact of the collision that the victims’ Honda City car jumped over the divider and rammed into an oncoming Haryana Roadway bus, crushing the four victims in their car.
They have been identified as Alok Jain, 52; his wife Kalpana Jain, 50; his father Ajit Parshad Jain, 74; all residents of Manimajra; and driver Munish Kumar, 22, resident of Saketri village in Chandigarh.
The couple are survived by two daughters, while the driver leaves behind his wife and parents.
The victims were returning from Delhi after attending a wedding when the accident took place around 7am near Lehli village in Lalru, SAS Nagar.
Police said an unidentified vehicle hit the victims’ car from the rear, leading Munish to lose control, following which the car jumped over to the road’s wrong side and came in the way of a Haryana Roadways bus enroute Delhi. Unable to avoid collision, the bus dragged the car around 50 metres on the highway.
A police control room (PCR) vehicle spotted the mishap and called for more police force, besides sounding the ambulance service.
It took over three hours for the rescue teams to extract the mutilated bodies from the car with the help of tools. Some bus passengers also sustained minor injuries, but left after first-aid.
A case under section 279 (rash driving) and 304 A (death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the unidentified vehicle that rammed into the Honda City and managed to flee the spot. The police have taken the bus into custody for investigation.