What was supposed to be a fun-filled after-exam vacation became a tragedy for three families here when six of their members died in a road accident near Ambala. Six persons, including two children, were killed and seven others were injured when the mini bus in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Manji Sahib Gurudwara (Devi Nagar) on GT Road early on Wednesday morning.
The victims, all family friends, were on their way to Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, for a vacation.
According to the police, the accident was reported by the residents of Devi Nagar area. Witnesses said the accident occurred after the rear tyre of the Tempo Traveler burst. The driver lost control of the mini-bus, which broke the divider, rolled over into incoming traffic on the other side of the national highway.
“The truck, coming from the opposite direction, hit the mini bus. It was difficult to bring out the dead and the injured from the mangle. Gas cutters had to be used to cut open the wreckage,” a police officer said.
The dead have been identified as Parminder alias Honey (35), Kusum (32), Gulshan (37), and Parth Arora (10), Karan Manchanda (14), and the mini-bus driver Sonu.
The injured — Kamal and Priyanka Manchanda and Ridham — have been referred to PGI Chandigarh while Pallavi, Sumedha, Nancy and Priti were treated at City Civil Hospital.
The police said the trip was planned by Kamal, who wanted to celebrate his daughter Priyanka’s good score in Class X board exams.
According to the police, Gulshan, who owned an electronics shop in Sadar Bazaar, lived in Subhash Nagar. Parminder and his family lived in Meenakshi Garden, while Kamal is a resident of Shalimar Bagh.
Ramesh Goyal one of Manchanda’s neighbours said: “I cannot believe that Karan is dead. I just I saw them playing outside How could such a thing happen to such good people?”