3 of Ludhiana family, driver killed as their speeding car rams into bus in Mohali
A Ludhiana couple, their daughter and driver were killed after their car had a head-on collision with a Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) bus near Chandigarh University at Gharuan in SAS Nagar early on Friday morning.punjab Updated: Feb 18, 2017 12:24 IST
A Ludhiana couple, their daughter and driver were killed after their car had a head-on collision with a Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) bus near Chandigarh University at Gharuan in SAS Nagar early on Friday morning.
Dalip Kumar, 52, and his wife Ranjana Devi, 48, were accompanying their daughter Poonam, 25, to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) for her dialysis. Poonam, a kidney patient, had been visiting the PGIMER for the past 10 years.
Dalip, a resident of Shimlapuri in Ludhiana, worked as a road-roller operator with the Ludhiana municipal corporation. The family had left for Chandigarh around 5am.
Hardit Singh, 42, who was driving the ill-fated Maruti Swift Dzire car, also died in the accident. All bodies have been kept at the Kharar civil hospital.
Gharuan station house officer (SHO) Bhupinder Singh said according to witnesses the car was travelling at a speed of more than 90kmph when it crashed into the bus around 7am. The PRTC bus (PB 04 S 2585), belonging to Faridkot depot, was on its way back from Kharar. According to witnesses, it was travelling in its own lane and the bus driver even applied brakes after the car, coming from the opposite side, jumped the lane. The car driver must have fallen asleep, said the SHO.
The loud crash had the residents rushing to the spot, and they informed the police. The impact was so powerful that rescue workers had to use cutters to remove the bodies from the severely damaged car.
Police have booked the driver, who fled after the accident, under Sections 279 (rash driving), 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).