Eight people of a family were charred to death when their Indica car (PB29E 1334) crashed into a truck (RJ13GA-4916) at around 6.15am on Tuesday on the Barnala-Moga national highway-71 near Ramgarh village, 30 kilometres from here. The cause of the mishap could not be ascertained.
Fateh Singh, a resident of Ramgarh village said, "Since the truck was on the right side of the road and the car rammed into it from the other side, it seems the car was at fault. Deep marks left by the tyres and wheel rims on the road suggest the tyre burst, which was the reason behind the mishap."
Ramgarh village sarpanch Ranjit Singh said, "We removed the bodies which were trapped in the car by breaking open the doors with iron rods and pulling out the mangled wreckage with the help of tractors."
The mishap occurred when the victims were on their way back to Zira and Baltoha village after attending the retirement function of their relative in Uppli village near Dhanaula in Barnala district the previous day.
The deceased were identified as Roor Singh (55) of Zira town, his wife Paramjit Kaur (50) and son Harjit Singh (24). Other deceased were Booti Singh (30), his wife Benti Kaur (30), sons Gurpreet Singh (9) and Jashanpreet Singh (6) and daughter Lovepreet Kaur (7), all of Baltoha village near Tarn Taran.
SHO Bhadaur Parminder Singh said, "The cause of the accident will be established after investigation. The car driver may have lost control due to drowsiness. The crash was so strong that the truck took the car some 15-20 feet away.
The SHO added the truck driver fled the spot soon after the accident.