Five people were killed and 17 injured when a speeding Mahindra pick-up plunged into a canal near Ladda village in Sangrur on Sunday evening.
Eyewitness Harjit Singh said 22 people were travelling in the vehicle when the accident took place.
The deceased were identified as Sawarnjeet Kaur, 40, Gurdev Kaur, 70, Karan, 12, Harmeet Kaur, 50, and Sukhmanpreet, 4, all residents of Mangwal village in Sangrur.
The injured were rushed to the Sangrur civil hospital from where 12 were referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, said senior medical officer Balwant Singh.
Police inspector Bharpur Singh said the pick-up vehicle, coming from Ladda village, was being driven at a high speed. He said the driver, who is also injured, applied brakes to save a motorcyclist who was coming from the opposite direction, following which the pick-up overturned and fell into the canal. Four people died on the spot.
FEROZEPUR COP, HOME GUARDS JAWAN DIE IN MISHAP
FATEHGARH SAHIB: A Punjab Police constable, Baldev Singh, and a home guards jawan, Buta Singh, of Ferozepur district were killed when a speeding truck hit a stationary police vehicle near Jalvehra village in Sirhind on Saturday night.
Nabipur police post incharge Suresh Kumar said a five member team had gone to Rajpura to investigate a murder case. On their way back, they stopped the vehicle near Jalvehra village to answer the nature’s call. When Buta and Baldev got inside the vehicle, the truck (HR-55-X-2357) rammed into it from the rear. Both died on their way to the Fatehgarh Sahib civil hospital.
The truck driver, Jatinderpal Singh of Gurdaspur, fled after the accident. A case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304 (culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.