Thick smog led to collision of over 30 vehicles on the Bathinda-Maur road around 6:30 am Saturday, killing one person and leaving over 20 injured. This led to a massive traffic jam on the stretch for over four hours as the mangled remains were being cleared off.
Police officials who reached the spot said that smog has engulfed the state and there was almost zero visibility in the morning.
“There was direct collison between a truck and a private van because of the thick smaog which further led to collison of nearly 30 vehicles. Driver of the van identified as Balwinder Singh (43) died on the spot while the truck driver fled the spot.”
Women employees of a nereby cotton factory were inside the van which was hit by the truck, the SHO said, adding that all the injured were rushed to the civil hospital at Maur and a few at Mansa.
An FIR has been lodged against the unknown truck driver in the Maur police station.
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Though The Indian Express tried contacting PPCB Chairman Manpreet Chatwal, but he was not available for comments. However experts from the department indicated that rain can only disperse the thick smog which has engulfed all across North India.