A rashly driven truck ran over six people, mostly migrants from Uttar Pradesh, near Kahnpur village on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway near here on Thursday morning as they were trying to cross the road to board an auto-rickshaw.
The dead include members of two migrant families from UP besides the auto-rickshaw driver. They have been identified as Raju, 35, a resident of Mau district in Uttar Pradesh; his wife, Leelawati, 31; their son Raja, 6; Sonu, 22, also from Mau; his wife Aarti, 21; and Vinod Kumar, the auto-rickshaw driver, a resident of Hargobind Nagar, Jalandhar.
Two injured -- Pardeep Kumar, 26, another migrant from UP, and Karan, 5, the second son of Raju and Leelawati -- were admitted to the civil hospital here, where their condition is said to be stable.
According to information, around 5.30am, the seven people were crossing the road when the rashly-driven truck carrying gravel and coming from the Pathankot side ran over them. The speeding truck also damaged the railing on the road. The residents of Kahnpur village reached the spot and started the rescue work.
Truck driver Baldev Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, who fled from the spot, was later arrested and a case was registered against him.
The bodies have been sent to the civil hospital. The police said the families of the deceased had been sounded and the post-mortem would be conducted after they arrived here. The police have also been waiting to record the statement of one of the injured.
When contacted, deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said he would take up the matter of putting up railings at all gaps in the road with the officials of the National Highway Authority of India so that such mishaps could be checked.