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3 dead as bus carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims rams into tanker in Nawanshahr

The accident took place on the Jalandhar-Chandigarh highway and led to a traffic jam that lasted for an hour. The road was cleared with a help of a crane.

punjab Updated: Jun 06, 2017 21:32 IST
HT Correspondent
The incident happened on the Jalandhar-Chandigarh highway at 4am and led to a traffic jam that lasted an hour.
The incident happened on the Jalandhar-Chandigarh highway at 4am and led to a traffic jam that lasted an hour.(HT Photo)

Three passengers were killed and more than 20 injured when a Delhi-bound tourist bus carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims collided with a tanker near Kathgarh town of SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr) district on Tuesday morning.

The accident took place on the Jalandhar-Chandigarh highway and led to a traffic jam that lasted for an hour. The road was cleared with a help of a crane.

According to the eyewitnesses, the bus (PB01-A -O135) rammed into the tanker filled with oxygen near Bharthala village around 4 am.

The deceased have been identified as Gurpreet Singh of Delhi, Tarun Chauhan of Delhi. The identity of the third deceased is yet to be ascertained.

While five injured passengers were referred to PGIMER, Chandigarh, others were admitted to government hospitals in Nawanshahr and Balachaur.

Subodh Kumar, the tanker driver, is undergoing treatment at the local hospital.

Kathgarh station house officer (SHO) Jagar Singh said a case under 304A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC has been registered against the tanker driver. The statements of passengers are being recorded, he added.

RISKY RIDE

Dec 13, 2016: Three Tamil Nadu die as their car collides with a bus coming from Rupnagar on the Jalandhar-Chandigarh highway (NH-344A) at Bharthala village in SBS Nagar.

November 20, 2016: A collision between Innova car and private bus kills three persons, including two women, near the Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Khatkar Kalan village of Nawanshar.

KILLER STRETCH

A total of 175 persons have lost their lives in over two years on the 73-km killer stretch that starts from Mehli village (near Phagwara) to Asron village (near Rupnagar) on the Jalandhar-Chandigarh highway. The stretch is part of the four-lane project, initiated by National Highway Authority of India.

Why accidents are frequent here: High volume of vehicles: Currently, more than 3 lakh vehicles ply every day on an average on this two-lane road.

Speeding: Most vehicles move at high speed on the stretch, as a result many head-on collisions are witnessed here.

No checks: In absence of proper traffic management, violations go unnoticed.

Other black spots: In Nawanshahr, traffic police have identified some black spots including Behram, Jadla village, Garhi Kanugo Chowk, also called “Khooni Morh”, Kathgarh, Old Military Canteen and Ambedkar Chowk.