A day after 17 people lost their lives in two mishaps on the National Highway 344-A in the district, four persons were killed on Saturday when the Hyundai Santro car they were travelling in collided with a Punjab Roadways bus at Majara Jatta village, near Kathgarh town, on the Ropar-Nawanshahr highway.
Before colliding with the bus, the Hyundai Santro (PB-10-BA-8617) was hit by a Toyota Innova SUV as a result of which the car driver lost control over it.
The deceased are Inderjit Singh (45), his son Simarpreet Singh (23), Dilpreet Singh and Raman Preet Singh, all residents of Gobind Nagar in Amritsar, the police said as per information from their families.
As such, their bodies have not been identified yet. The victims were going to Chandigarh.
According to available information, when the Santro reached Majara Jatta village near Kathgarh, the Toyota Innova (PB01-A-2376) going to Nawanshahr from Chandigarh hit it while trying to overtake another vehicle.
The car collided with the bus (PB65-K 7961) going to Jammu from Chandigarh. The collision was so strong that the car got stuck in the front part of the bus and it took rescue teams two hours to extract the bodies from it.
The police contacted the deceased’s families after they recovered a mobile in the car and asked them to come for the identification of bodies.
The bodies were sent to the Balachaur civil hospital for post-mortem examination.
A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the drivers of the Punjab Roadways bus and the Toyota Innova at the Kathgarh police station. Both drivers fled from the spot and are yet to be identified, the police said.
On Friday morning, 15 passengers were killed and at least 45 injured when an overloaded speeding private bus overturned and rammed into a tree at Behram town. In the evening, a 26-year-old woman and her three-month-old daughter were crushed to death after the bike she was riding with her husband collided with a truck at Ansro village on this stretch.