Four people from Rajasthan were killed near Maur in the wee hours of Thursday when the truck they were aboard came into the path of a train after crashing through a railway barrier.
Approaching the Bhai Bakhtaur village crossing in Bathinda district around 2.30am, the truck driver had failed to spot that the barrier was closed for the Awadh Assam Express to pass on its way from Lalgarh in Rajasthan to Guwahati in Assam.
The impact with the train detached the front part of the truck and dragged it for more than 300 meters. Truck driver Pahara Ram; cleaner Sumer Singh, son of Jagat Singh; and the labourers on board, Uday Singh and Sumer Singh, son of Bhim Singh; all four from Rajasthan's Jodhpur district, were killed.
"We had to call the truck owner over to Bathinda to identify the victims," said the Government Railway Police investigation officer, sub-inspector Gurmail Singh.
The GRP at Bathinda have registered a case against the truck driver under Sections 279 (rash driving), 427 (mischief causing a petty amount of damage) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The victims' families will get the bodies after autopsies on Friday.