Four men were killed while another was injured in a head-on collision of their car with an Orbit bus near Tapa, 15 km from here, on Saturday.
The car had entered the wrong side of the highway when the Bathinda-Ludhiana bus it. The accident took place on National Highway-64 where the ongoing road construction forces vehicles to move on the wrong side of the divider.
The deceased were identified as Jagga Singh, Hardev Singh, Sukhjit Singh and Bahadur Singh, all residents of Ghunas village. While one of them had died on the spot, the remaining three died on way to hospital. Car driver Jagtar Singh, who was injured in the accident, is undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana.
A passer-by, who helped in rescue operations, said it took over an hour to pull out the victims from the car.
“The victims were going to attend the bhog ceremony of a revenue patwari in a nearby town,” said Ghunas former sarpanch Bhola Singh.
Superintendent of police (headquarters) Surinderpal Singh said: “Our preliminary inquiries suggest the bus was on the right side while the car was on the wrong side. All passengers on the bus were safe.”
Tapa station house officer (officiating) Malkit Singh said: “We have registered a case for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and rash driving against bus driver Darshan Kumar of Bathinda, who fled from the spot. The bus and badly damaged car have been impounded. We will check the footage of cameras installed in the bus.”
“The case has been registered under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304-A (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337(causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 427 (destruction of property) of Indian penal code,” added Singh.