A bus carrying 28 pilgrims turned turtle on Amritsar road near Mehta village, 25 km from here, on Sunday morning due to dense fog. As many as eight persons were injured in the mishap.
As per eyewitnesses, the bus was going from Amritsar to Chintpurni, a Hindu shrine situated in Una district of Himachal Pardesh, and its driver suddenly lost control over the vehicle and hit a divider near chowk of the village. As a result, the bus turned turtled and eight pilgrims were injured in the mishap.
The passengers got trapped in the bus. Then a rescue team, which included the local residents, broke the windowpanes to pull them out. Some of the passengers have been seriously injured.
After being informed, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Devinder Singh of Mehta Police station reached the spot immediately along with other officials and took charge of the situation. However, the police managed to take the injured persons to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, through an ambulance.
The police played a proactive role and their quick reaction to the unfortunate incident proved instrumental to save many lives.
The ASI said it was not the only bus, there were many other buses that were also going to the shrine along with it. “Drivers of other buses did not face any problem while driving. So, lack of equipments is not the reason behind the accident. Still, we will address this problem and write to the authority concerned to install the required equipments,” he added.
Locals slam administration
It is notable that the road where the accident took place is accident-prone area, especially during dense fog, as reflector signs and streetlights are not installed. The locals accused the administration of not installing such equipments on the road, which has become a cause of a number of accidents. They demanded the issue be resolved at the earliest considering that scores of precious lives had been claimed by the deadly mishaps.