A 63-year-old man, his son and granddaughter died, while another two members suffered serious injuries as their car rammed into a tree near the zila parishad office on the Ranbir College road here late Monday night.
The deceased have been identified as Varinder Mittal (63), his son Arun Mittal (30), who was driving the car, and Arun's daughter Aditi Mittal (8). Varinder's wife Brij Bala (60) and Arun's wife Suman Mittal (28), who suffered head injuries and fractured ribs, were taken to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in Ludhiana, where their condition was stated to be critical.
Eight-year-old Lakshya, who was in the backseat with his mother Suman and grandmother Brij Bala, escaped without injury.
The family has interests in diamond trade and owns an ice factory, and is one of the reputed clans of Sangrur.
The police said the mishap occurred around 2am on Tuesday when the family was on its way back to Sangrur after attending a wedding at Shahbad in Haryana. Arun was driving the Swift Dzire car, while his father Varinder was sitting besides him, carrying Aditi in his lap.
Since the mishap occurred on a straight stretch of the road the police suspect Arun might have dozed off and lost control over the vehicle. According to eyewitnesses, the impact was so severe that the deaths occurred on the spot.
A religious jatha (group) just behind the car managed to extricate the bodies and called the police, who took the victims to the local civil hospital. The injured were then referred to the DMCH in Ludhiana.
The bodies of the three deceased were, meanwhile, handed over to their family after post-mortem. At the cremation, a large number of people expressed their condolences. Jewellers across the city kept their shops closed to mourn the deaths.