An empty tipper skidded off the road and fell into the Bhakra canal on Tuesday, killing its driver. At about 2am on Tuesday morning, the tipper coming from Sirhind towards Ludhiana on the GT Road (NH1) hit the railings and plunged into the canal near the floating restaurant.
Soon, the patrolling party of the national highways authority informed the police. The divers took out the body of the driver, who was identified as Rana. The police have sent the body to the civil hospital for postmortem.
Earlier, three cranes took three hours from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm to take the tipper out of the waters.
During the operation, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh Randhawa, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Pooja Syal Grewal and other police officials were present on the site.
The SSP said the police have started the investigation and soon the reason behind the accident will be known.
Tipper's owner Lal Singh said Rana took out the vehicle at 10 pm on Monday as he had to go for loading next morning. However, Singh said he does not know why he was going in midnight.
Earlier, a Punjab roadways bus on its way to Amritsar from Delhi plunged into the canal on the same spot in which 29 passengers had lost their lives.
After the incident, the administration had repaired the railings, but the vehicles are skidding off the road and falling into the canal frequently due to weak railings.
On the question of weak railings on the GT road, SDM Grewal said the administration is in touch with the highways authority and SOMA company for ensuring safety of people.
Divers not paid
Divers' chief Ashu Malik accused the district administration of withholding their payment. He said the administration owed them Rs 3.70 lakh. Contradicting Malik's statement, SDM Grewal said the administration always paid his team. Moreover, they have been awarded by the administration from time to time, the SDM added.