The driver of a tipper truck loaded with stones jumped the red signal and mowed down a Sector-49 resident, who was on a bike, at the Radha Soami Satsang Chowk on the airport road in SAS Nagar, on Thursday morning, the police have claimed.
The deceased Nageshwar Prashad (47) was employed as a supervisor with Ranbaxy. To supplement his income, he also worked as an insurance agent.
Police say that Prashad was on his way from Lakhnour to Sohana and as he neared the crossing, the tipper driver Harpreet rammed his vehicle into his motorcycle. Prashad’s head got stuck in the rear wheel of the tipper and the body was dragged a few metres before the vehicle could stop.
The impact of the accident was such that shovels were used to gather the smashed upper body of the victim, especially the face, as flesh and blood lay scattered on the road.
Onlookers claim that they gathered the pieces of the body and took these to a hospital in the jeep of a passerby.
Tipper driver Harpreet has been booked under Sections 279 (rash and negligent driving) and 304-A (causing death due to negligence). Harpreet, along with the cleaner Jaswinder, were apprehended from the spot by onlookers, who handed them over to the police.
Not stopping at signals routine
Even as the accident has shocked all for its goriness, it has also highlighted the risk that commuters on this stretch take as loaded trucks do not stop at red signals, as a matter of routine. In Thursday’s accident too, the tipper with a Himachal Pradesh registration number, on its way to Mubarkpur from Anandpur Sahib, violated the basic traffic rule.
“Loaded trucks do not stop at red signals on this road stretch as it means extra effort,” said a cop.
Prashad is survived by his wife and three children and was the lone bread winner for the family. Heart-rending cries from the family filled the air as the body was taken to the mortuary.
Driver only had licence for a scooter
Police claimed that the tipper driver Harpreet did not have the licence to drive a tipper and could only drive a scooter.