A woman (34) and her six-month-old daughter were killed and 36 people were injured on Monday when a Tata-608 truck carrying devotees from Amritsar to Dera Kahna Dhesian in the district overturned near Jamsher village on the outskirts of Jalandhar city.
The accident occurred in the morning when the truck driver in a bid to avoid collision with a motorcycle lost control over the vehicle, as a result of which it overturned.
The deceased are five-month old girl Palak and her mother Komaljit, both of whom died on the spot. Komaljit's husband Malkiat Singh is the owner of the ill-fated truck.
All the injured were rushed to the Jalandhar civil hospital.
The truck driver, Bachittar Singh, suffered head injuries and is in a critical condition.
Those who were riding the motorcycle and were going from Sidhwan in Ludhiana to Jalandhar suffered minor injuries.
The police said most of the visitors were from Manawala, Anngarh and nearby villages, located on the outskirts of Amritsar city.
After the news of the accident spread, local residents reached the spot and rescued the injured.However, the strike by '108' ambulance staff caused a delay in taking the injured to hospital. Private and police vehicles were used to take the injured to the civil hospital.
Onkar Singh Brar, Jalandhar sadar SHO, said, "A case will be registered against the truck driver for negligent driving. Carrying passengers in a truck is not legal. The truck was also crowded beyond capacity."
"Five people are seriously injured, one of them in extremely critical condition. No one has been referred to any other hospital so far," said Jagjit Singh Cheema, medical superintendant of Jalandhar civil hospital.
Among those injured are Jhujhar Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Manjit Singh, Kishan Singh, Raj Kaur, Sandeep, Baljinder Kaur, Kuldeep Kaur, Manjit Kaur, Partap Singh, Darbara Singh, Surinder Singh, Harjinder Singh, Mohinder Kaur, Narinder Kaur, Balwinder Singh, Kashmir Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Lakhwinder Kaur and Mahinder Singh.