Four members of a Karnal family, on their way to attend a family function in Nawanshahr, were killed on the spot near Bardhala village in Samrala tehsil on Sunday afternoon after the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) — Mahindra Xylo — they were travelling on was hit by a truck. Police sources said the truck’s tyre burst at speed and the uncontrolled vehicle rammed into the ill-fated vehicle.
The SUV was carrying 10 passengers, with the accident also claiming the life of the car driver, taking the total toll to five. The other five injured passengers have been referred to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Science and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. All are said to be critical.
The deceased have been identified as Harbhajan Singh (55); his sister-in-law Rani (50), a resident of Delhi; Reena (35), a resident of Ambala and her 10-year-old son Anmol. The car driver, who could not be identified till the filing of this report, was also killed.
The injured have been identified as Karandeep Kaur (16), her mother Navneet Kaur (45), Prince (26), Aman (25) and Ravinder Singh (16).
The impact of the collision was so severe that the police struggle to extricate the bodies from the mangled vehicle.
The police have registered a case against the unidentified truck driver, who fled from the spot, under Section 304-A (causing death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. The truck has been seized.