Twelve students of two government schools were injured after a car rammed into an auto-rickshaw they were travelling in on the Sector 25-38 light point on Saturday.
The overloaded auto was hit by black-coloured Ritz car that was being driven by Narinder Kaur of SAS Nagar around 7.30am leaving the students and auto driver Bhua Singh of Dhanas injured.
The police were informed and the police control room (PCR) vehicle rushed the injured to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16. Of the total students, three were treated for minor injuries, while the rest were discharged after first aid.
The accident took place when Narinder, wife of a doctor with the Border Security Force (BSF), was in a hurry as she had to take her daughter for a medical examination in Sector 25. However, after the accident, she fled the spot leaving her vehicle behind, only to return later to join the investigation. Narinder was arrested, but later released on bail and her car was impounded.
The auto driver was ferrying students of Government Smart School, Sector 50, and Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, at the time of the accident.
In a daily routine, the auto driver ferries five to six students, but on Saturday, as students were unable to get an auto being the last day of the school before summer vacations, they urged the driver to take them along.
However, the police challaned the auto driver for overloading and impounded the vehicle. The auto driver was challaned for wrong side driving last month.
Principal of Government Smart School Lakhwinder Kumar also reached hospital where the injured students were being given medical aid.
A case under sections 279 (rash driving) and 337 (causing hurt by act of endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code had been registered against the car driver.
The injured students included Chanda, Vikas, Manisha, Usmaan, Umesh, Priyanka, Khusbhoo, Ashiqa, Dharampali and Mohit.
The parents of the injured students said they were not even allowed inside the emergency room when they rushed to see their children.