A 27-year-old man was burnt alive as his car caught fire after being hit by a truck on national highway near Sahnewal in the wee hours on Sunday. The car was fitted with gas tank. It is suspected that the gas tank caught fire. The victim driving the car was burnt alive
as there was no one on the slip road of national highway to rescue him. By the time the police reached the spot, the victim had already died.
The deceased has been identified as Satnam Singh (27) of Mandi Ahmedgarh. He was a hockey player and was the lone son of his parents.The victim was on his way to Khanna from Ludhiana.
According to the police, they received a call regarding the mishap from a marriage palace situated on the highway. Fire brigade also reached and it took around 30 minutes for them to douse the flames.
Inspector Anil Bhanot, Sahnewal station house officer (SHO), said, "From the preliminary investigations, it has been suspected that some heavy vehicle hit the car from the rear side."Gas leakage from the tank may have triggered fire, he said.
The body was sent to civil hospital for postmortem. The doctors further sent the body to Patiala Medical College for postmortem as it was totally charred.
The victim had gone to attend a marriage in Ludhiana. He had dropped his friends at Dehlon and was heading towards Khanna when the mishap took place.