Four people, who were returning after immersing ashes of their relative at Kirtarpur Sahib, were killed and five injured in a collision between two four-wheelers in Abohar, a sub-division of Fazilka district, on Thursday night.
As per information, Richpal Kaur, a resident of village in Rai Singh Nagar district of neighbouring Rajasthan, along with her relatives was returning from Kiratpur Sahib in a Scorpio on Thursday night.
She was accompanied by her husband Avtar Singh, relatives Gurdeep Kaur, Gurbaksh Singh, Paramjit Singh, Surinder and two kids.
As the vehicle reached Giddherwali village on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road, it collided with a small commercial vehicle coming from the opposite direction.
Such was the impact of the collision that Gurdeep, Paramajit Singh and the driver of the Scorpio died on the spot, while Richpal Kaur, who was taken to a hospital at Sriganganagar, succumbed to her injuries later.
The driver of the commercial vehicle managed to flee the spot. After much effort, mangled remains of two vehicles were removed from the road.
The five injured were hospitalised and police were looking into the matter.
In the past one month, more than 25 people had died in Fazilka and Ferozepur while several injured in various road accidents.
On October 7, a collision between an overloaded truck carrying paddy and a private bus on the Zira road resulted in the death of five people and left nearly 10 injured. The mishap occurred 1 km from Arraiyan Wala village in Makhu.
The accident was reportedly the result of carelessness of the bus driver, who fled the spot.
On October 8, four people, including Subhash Aggarwal, a former vice-president of market committee, Jalalabad, were killed when the SUV in which he was travelling in hit a motorcycle before ramming a tree. The accident occurred near Saide Ke Mohan village on the Jalalabad-Muktsar road.
Expressing concern over road accidents, state BJP chief Kamal Sharma, who was present at the bhog ceremony of Subhash at Jalalabad, said it's the greatest tragedy that human mistakes are leading to casualties of several people.
On October 12, five people died on the spot while two got serious injuries in a collision near Kot Karoor village near Talwandi Bhai in Ferozepur.
On October 15, following the death of a union leader in a road accident, a mob set on ablaze a bus in Makhu, a rural town under Zira, a sub-division of Ferozepur district.