A speeding SUV rammed into a stationary autorickshaw from the rear near Chandimandir toll plaza, injuring 11 people here on Friday morning.
The impact of the collision was so strong that the auto turned turtle and flipped a number of times. Most of the injured hail from Rajpura, Patiala, and they were going to a marriage palace where they had to work as waiters at a wedding function. The car driver fled, leaving his vehicle on the spot. Though police registered a case after the media got involved, it is learnt that both the parties were in talks to reach a compromise till the filing of this report.
The incident took place at around 9 am when auto driver Gurmeet Singh, with 5-6 persons aboard, was talking to 3-4 people. “I couldn’t understand what happened. We went unconscious.”
The auto driver was coming from Rajpura with 5-6 people aboard. He took a halt to talk to some persons whom he had to pick while returning when the mishap took place. The injured were taken to General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, and one of them was referred to PGIMER, Chandigarh. An injured, Pratap, 45, who received stitches on his head, said, the auto turned upside down a number of times.
Another victim with head injury, Surjeet Kumar, 46, said, “Thank God, we have been saved, even ater such a severe accident.”
Chandimandir SHO inspector Baljeet Singh said, “A case has been registered under Section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) of the IPC against an unknown person. He fled the spot. His XUV 500 has been impounded. A hunt is on.”
Meanwhile, Panchkula DCP Anil Dhawan said both the parties were trying to reach an agreement. Though no one recorded statement, we lodged an FIR on the basis of a witness’ statement, he added.