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3 killed in road mishap on Pathankot-Amritsar highway

Three persons were killed and one was seriously injured when a car rammed into a stationary truck on the Pathankot-Amritsar national highway late on Wednesday night.

punjab Updated: Dec 04, 2014 22:18 IST
Vinay Dhingra

Three persons were killed and one was seriously injured when a car rammed into a stationary truck on the Pathankot-Amritsar national highway late on Wednesday night.

The victims were heading towards Pathankot in a Ritz car after attending a marriage party when the incident occurred. Two of them died on the spot while the third one succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital.

The deceased were identified as Arvind (34), Sonu (30) and Sandeep (30), all residents of Pathankot district.

The fourth occupant of the car, Kuldip Kumar, sustained multiple fractures and is battling for his life in a private hospital.

The victims were paramedical staff of a private hospital and were going back to their hospital after attending the marriage party.

The shopkeepers along the highway rushed towards the car as they heard a big bang after the accident and managed to pull out all the four victims. A pall of gloom descended on Pathankot as the bodies reached the civil hospital there.

Injured Kuldip Kumar, a resident of Zhakho Lahri village, said that his three colleagues had come to his village to pick him up after the marriage party to go to the hospital.

Kuldeep, who was not even aware of the death of his e colleagues, said that he could only recall that they were going in the car to the hospital when the accident occurred, but he did not know how it happened.

Eyewitnesses claimed that some loaded tippers were busy in laying down a lay-by road on the side of the national highway near Barth Sahib due to which the driver of the car could not see one truck parked there and collided with it.

DSP Parbhjot Virk said that a case has been registered against the truck driver. He added that a drive has been initiated against truck drivers who park their vehicles on the highway, which becomes a major cause of such accidents.

Trucks and tippers are often seen randomly parked on the Amritsar-Pathankot highway and it is being alleged that drivers rarely put any glow sign or warning board when they park their trucks on the roads for construction purpose.

A large number of trucks remain parked on a sales tax barrier at Sarna on this highway, posing threat to the lives of many speeding vehicle drivers.

HT has recently highlighted how villagers and roadside dhaba and petrol pump owners carve a pathway after breaking the dividers for their convenience, which also becomes a major cause for such accidents.

"Trucks must be impounded and a murder case slapped on the owners and drivers of the wrongly parked stationary trucks," said Anil Kumar, a resident of Pathankot.