Patient among two of Haryana family killed as ambulance rams into milk truck near Chandigarh
Two members of a Haryana family, including a 20-year-old heart patient, were killed while three were injured when the ambulance they were travelling in rammed into a stationary milk delivery truck near the Chandigarh barrier in Zirakpur town in wee hours of Monday.
The family was bringing Mukesh Singh, 20, of Fatehpur village in Kaithal to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, after being referred there from the Ambala Cantt civil hospital due to his critical heart condition, said police.
As the ambulance exited the Zirakpur flyover, the driver reportedly fell asleep and the vehicle rammed into a wrongly parked truck around 1:30am.
Besides Mukesh, his maternal uncle Pal Singh, 40, of Shanti Nagar in Kurukshetra was also killed in the crash. The injured include Mukesh’s mother Angrejo Devi, 45, Pal Singh’s wife Rekha Rani and ambulance driver Amit Kumar, 35, a resident of Mahesh Nagar in Ambala Cantonment.
The victims were taken to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.
Angrejo and Rekha were treated for their injuries and discharged. Amit was referred to the civil hospital in Ambala Cantt, where he underwent knee surgery. Bodies of Mukesh and Pal Singh, who were declared brought dead, were handed over to the families.
“The milk delivery truck driver had wrongly parked his vehicle on the main road, which led to the accident. He fled leaving the vehicle at the spot,” said Gurwant Singh, station house officer, Zirakpur. A case has been registered for negligence against the unknown driver.
Mukesh, youngest among three siblings, had a hole in his heart, and was undergoing treatment since dropping out of school after Class 8.
“He was staying with his uncle Pal Singh in Kurukshetra for his heart treatment,” said Kamal Hans, a cousin. “On Sunday evening, he complained of breathlessness and was taken to the civil hospital in Ambala Cantt. From there, he was referred to the PGIMER around 12:30am.”
Mukesh was on the stretcher when the accident took place. His head crashed against the side, leading to his death.
“There was a loud bang,” said Rekha, remembering the fatal accident. “It seems the ambulance driver failed to notice the other vehicle as he had fallen asleep behind the wheel.”
Her husband, who was a labourer, too, died of head injuries. The couple have two children.