Three Tarn Taran policemen were among four people killed , as a car hit an Akal Academy school bus near Ranike village on the Sidhwan-Humbran road on Thursday morning in this district.
The car hit a motorcycle and a scooter before the school bus. At least six schoolchildren injured in the accident were moved to local hospitals. A woman on the scooter has sustained a fracture. The impact crushed the car so badly that rescuers had to struggle to pull out the bodies.
Two of the policemen were killed on the spot, while another died in hospital. The victims assistant sub-inspector Kulveer Singh and constables Heera Singh and Jagdeep Singh —were posted at Patti in Tarn Taran district. Ludhiana motorcyclist Parveen Kumar is the other victim.
The policemen were on their way to Chandigarh for a hearing in the Punjab and Haryana High court, and eyewitness account suggests that rash driving caused the tragedy. Ludhiana deputy superintendent of police (rural) Ajayraj Singh and Sidhwan station house officer (SHO) sub-inspector Avtar Singh inspected the scene of accident.
The parents of the injured students also came to the hospital, where tehsildar Gurpiar Singh informed them that all children had received only minor injuries.