Two youngsters are fighting battle for life at a private hospital after their motorcycle hit a stationary truck parked in violation of the prescribed norms on the national highway near Rama Mandi Chowk on Monday.
The victims have been identified as Balwinder Singh alias Ravi (25) and Jasvir Singh alias Jass (22) of Shahkot town. Ravi is a typist in Shahkot tehsil complex while Jasvir Singh is a carpenter. The duo visited the city to fetch some documents from Jalandhar. "After finishing the court work, they planned to see a movie at a multiplex situated on the national highway. But they met the road mishap," said Manpreet Singh, elder brother of Jass.
Dr BS Johal, attending the victims said, "Ravi's chances of survival were bleak, as he was suffering from acute brain swelling. "The impact of the crash was huge on his skull while he got his right leg fractured from three points. He sustained severe mouth injuries which damaged his denture as well. A brain surgery is being conducted on him."
He added that Jass too was suffering from brain swelling. But condition was critical yet stable. On treatment expenses liability of both the patients, he said the victims' families would have to bear up to R2-lakh for the treatment. However, exact estimates would be assessed later.
Sunil Kumar, an eyewitness, said the victims passed by his scooter and hit the truck from behind. "It happened within seconds. They riders probably didn't understand whether the truck was moving or stationary before colliding it," he said.
SHO Bimal Kant said the driver of gravel loaded truck, belonging to Shivam Trading, parked the vehicle on the highway after it developed some technical fault in the afternoon.
"The truck was not only parked on the highway but the equipments, used for its repair, were also scattered on the main road, thus, exposing the commuters to high risk. The truck driver also failed to install some diversion or safety signals at the backside of the truck so that the commuters could easily identify it," Kant added.
He said since the victims were not in a position to get their statement recorded, a case under various sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act would be registered on Tueday. "We have removed the truck from the spot after getting it repaired. The vehicle has been seized. We will also impound the driving license of the driver, whose negligence led to the accident," he added.