A bus carrying the Indian women's Kabbadi team met with a tragic road accident on Thursday evening that claimed lives of the bus driver and a head constable. Several players were also injured.
The bus and pilot car carrying the Kabbadi players and coaches of the Indian team directly clashed into an army canter on Bathinda-Chandigarh highway near the Bathinda cantonment.
The team was coming from Ludhiana to village Badal in Muktsar district where deputy CM Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal was to host a dinner party in the honour of players of all the teams participating in the Kabbadi World Cup being held in Punjab. The Indian team also had to play the semi-final matches of the WKC that were scheduled to be held in Bathinda on Friday.
According to the information, the pilot car escorting the players of the bus was speeding and collided with an army truck coming from the opposite direction. It made the players' bus hit the pilot car from behind which was sandwiched between the bus and army truck. It claimed the life of head constable Harjeet Singh who was travelling in the pilot car.
The tyres of the bus started to blast one by one causing the bus to catch fire immediately. The fire was dangerous enough to burn the driver of the bus Varinder Sharma, who died on the spot. Players escaped by breaking the glass of the air-conditioned bus. All players received burn and other injuries and were admitted to the nearby Adesh Medical College and hospital.