Six people were killed and 43 others were injured in a road accident when a private bus collided with a truck near Mehna village on the Moga-Ludhiana national highway, 16 km from here, on Monday.
The incident took place around 10.30am when the speeding Moga-bound bus collided head-on with the truck coming from the opposite direction and later rammed into a mini-truck, police said.
According to an eye-witness, the bus first collided with a gunny bag-laden truck, and then with a mini-truck, resulting in all three vehicles being damaged.
Those dead were identified as Manjinder Singh, 30, a resident of Natthuwala Garbi in Moga district; truck driver Sonu, 42, of Mattar in Ferozepur district; Nand Kishore, 34, of Nepal; Bikkar Singh, 60, of Jagraon; Sonu, 35, of Mullanpur in Ludhiana; and an unidentified man.
The injured were rushed to the Moga civil hospital. Gursewak Singh Saneyasi, president of Samaj Sewa Society, who helped in shifting the patients to the hospital, said 43 people, including five women and three children, were admitted to the civil hospital, where doctors referred six of them to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.
SSP Surjit Singh Grewal said, "A case has been registered against the unidentified bus driver at Mehna police station. Further investigation is on."
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind announced free treatment for the injured.
Later, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed. A financial assistance of Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 would be given for the treatment of those injured, he said.
Sukhbir said the state government would monitor and control the speed of vehicles on the four- and six-lane highways by installing close-circuit cameras at various points.