Five members of family, including three women and two children, were killed in a road accident near Daula village on Bathinda-Malout road on Saturday.
The incident happened around 6:30am.
The deceased have been identified as Nirmala Devi (52), her daughter Ritu Rani (26), Ritu’s daughter Naira (2), Nirmala’s daughter-in-law Garima (26) and her son Garnish (2).
Garima’s husband Naveen Kumar, who was driving the car, received multiple injuries, while Ritu’s daughter Eleena (4) condition is said to be critical.
The family were returning to their native village Sadulshahar in Rajasthan, after attending a marriage ceremony in Bathinda.
Balwinder Singh, in-charge of Balluana police station, said the driver lost control of the vehicle in an attempt to avoid collision with a Nilgai (Blue bull) and rammed into a fuel tanker coming from Gidderbaha side.
The police said, the car is completely damaged and it took one hour to extricate bodies from the wreckage.
Balwinder said, all the deceased died on the spot, while injured were rushed to Gidderbaha civil hospital, from where the doctors referred them to Bathinda hospital.
The driver abandoned his tanker and fled from the spot.
The police have started the investigation under section 174 of CrPC as the prime facie, the driver of the tanker was not found at fault.
The bodies of the deceased were handed over to their family members.