A patient and five other occupants of an ambulance were killed in Sirhind town of the district on Thursday in a road accident.
The ambulance, a Tavera, collided with a truck near the Brahman Majra overbridge in Sirhind town. Police said the deceased included two women and four men, with four deceased belonging to a family.
A truck driver was also seriously injured in the mishap, police said. The ambulance was taking a patient to Chandigarh.
The deceased were identified as patient Harish Kumar (50), his wife Sushma Rani (46) and nephew Girish Chawla, all residents of Rajpura. The patient’s sister, Anita Rani, and her son Sushil Kumar, both residents of Nabha, and the ambulance driver, Sarabjit Singh of Yamunanagar were also killed in the accident.
According to the police, the ambulance was coming down the overbridge when it hit a truck head on.
A truck laden with iron bars hit the vehicle from the rear, crushing it between the two trucks.
Sub-inspector Sarabjit Singh said it took two hours to disentangle the trucks and locate the bodies and added that all occupants died on the spot. A truck driver, Darshan Singh, was referred to PGI, Chandigarh, while the truck driver at fault fled the spot.
A case has been registered at the Fatehgarh Sahib police station and the bodies have been sent to the civil hospital for post-mortem.