Tragedy struck a family of Phase 3B1 here as two of its members were killed and three injured in a road mishap at PCL light-point late Saturday night. The victim’s Hyundai i10 car was hit by a speeding bus owned by a private company. All those died and got injured were travelling in the car.
The deceased have been identified as Jarnail Singh (46) and his cousin Sukhwinder Singh (37). Those injured are: Jarnail’s wife Ravinder Kaur, their son Amandeep Singh and Navdeep Singh, a cousin of Ravinder. The injured have been admitted to a private hospital in SAS Nagar.
The condition of Ravinder is critical as she has multiple fractures across the body. Amandeep and Navdeep are reportedly stable, said police sources.
Sukhwinder is survived by wife and two daughters, one barely five-month-old and the other is 4.
“Jarnail and his son Amandeep worked with Fortis Hospital in SAS Nagar. Sukhwinder was a native of Anandpur Sahib and had business in Himachal Pradesh,” said Mahesh Saini, Mataur SHO.
The accident occurred at around 1:30am on the night intervening Saturday and Sunday. The family members paid a visit to one of their kin at Ivy Hospital in Sector 71 and were on their way back to Phase 3B1.
As they reached PTL lights, a bus owned a garment manufacturing company coming from Balongi side hit the car. The car was dragged for a few metres by the bus before it came to a halt. Amandeep was driving the car. Jarnail and Sukhwinder were declared brought dead at a hospital.
Police said Ravinder was critical as there’s an injury in her backbone and fractures in the hip bone, legs, besides other internal and external injuries.
SHO Saini said, “The bus was at a high speed. We have registered a case against the unidentified bus driver on the complaint of Amandeep who said the bus’s high beams were on.”
Saini added, “The bus driver fled from the spot after the accident. The bus has been impounded and belongs to a private company. It was being used for picking and dropping staff. The bus was coming back after dropping staff.”
The SHO said they would try to get the CCTV camera footage from the houses and showrooms near the accident spot to ascertain what had happned.
The bodies were handed over to family after the post-mortem.
What could have gone wrong
High speed: As per the police, the bus was at a high speed and the driver failed to control the vehicle.
High beams: The bus’s high beams were reportedly on, which partially blinded car driver Amandeep.
Road repair: The road from PCL light to Sohana is under repair and one side of the road has been closed. Thus single road is being used by the vehicles for more than two weeks. A part of the road near Ivy Hospital had caved in.