Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

6 die in Ajitwal highway collision

Written by Divya Goyal | Ajitwal | Posted: August 13, 2013 4:33 am | Updated: April 9, 2014 10:39 am

Six people died and 41 were injured when a bus collided head-on with a truck on Monday. The impact sent the truck crashing into a mini-truck that was behind it. The accident took place on the Ludhiana-Moga national highway near Mynah village in Ajitwal.

According to witnesses,the bus driver lost control of the speeding vehicle and crashed into the truck — coming from Moga — around 9.45 am. The Jujhar Travels bus was travelling from Ludhiana to Faridkot.

Bus driver Manjinder Singh (45) died on the spot. Sonu (28),a passenger in the mini-truck,and Sonu (35),the truck driver,too,lost their lives. The collision occurred with such force that the rescue team had to chisel out the portions of the truck to take out the dead body of the driver. The other three deceased — all passengers of the bus — were identified as Nand Kishore (35),Bikar Singh (50) and Ramandeep Singh (28).

The accident left 41 bus passengers injured. They were rushed to the civil hospital in Moga. Pappu,the mini-truck driver,is critical.

Construction work was going on in the highway,because of which one lane was closed. The truck coming from Moga reportedly tried to pass the bus coming from the opposite side. The bus driver,who was allegedly driving rashly,could not control the vehicle and collided with the truck. The truck,in turn,rammed into the mini-truck coming from behind. The truck was loaded with grain while the mini-truck was laden with fruit.

A witness told The Indian Express,“The truck was coming at moderate speed but the bus was literally flying. The accident happened because of the speeding bus.”

Surjit Singh Grewal,SSP,Moga police,said,“Although the bus driver has passed away,a case has been registered against him in Ajitwal police station.”

Patients shift from Moga Civil Hospital

Many of the accident victims,who were taken to Moga Civil Hospital for treatment,have shifted to other hospitals reportedly due to lack of facilities.

Not only was the hospital short of beds and staff,it was also not equipped to handle the sudden rush of patients,they said.

According to the hospital records,only one patient — Pappu,the truck driver — was referred to DMCH in Ludhiana. However,of the 32 patients who came to the civil hospital,14 have shifted to other hospitals.

Install CCTVs on highways: Sukhbir

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal,who was in Nihal Singh Wala subdivision on Monday,said,“Today’s incident was very disturbing. CCTV cameras will be installed on highways to make roads safer. Action will be taken against speeding buses and trucks.”

He announced Rs 1 lakh compensation for families of the deceased and Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 for the injured.

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