AS MANY as 48 people were injured when a Delhi-bound tourist bus coming from Jammu was hit by a rashly driven truck on Zirakpur-Banur road in the early hours of Tuesday. The injured were admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32. Six passengers who suffered serious injuries were referred to PGI.
According to the police, the accident happened around 3 am on Tuesday. When the bus reached the Zirakpur-Patiala highway, it was hit by the truck which was loaded with LPG cylinders and was coming from Banur and heading towards Zirakpur.
Investigating officer Narinder Kumar said that the collision was so powerful that the bus overturned and fell in the pit along the road. A police team rushed to the spot on receiving the information and found that all the passengers were stranded inside the bus, following which a rescue operation was started.
The IO said that cranes were brought from Banur. Ambulances from Panchkula, Mohali, Chandigarh, Derabassi, Lalru and Dhakoli, too, reached the spot and ferried the patients to different hospitals in Zirakpur and Chandigarh.
According to the police, 60 passengers, including some children, were travelling in the bus. While 32 passengers were taken to GMCH, Sector 32, 10 patients were admitted to Derabassi civil hospital. Six patients were rushed to PGI. The truck driver managed to escape. Out of the 48 injured, 39 were discharged after the treatment.
Zirakpur SHO Tarlochan Singh said that they had booked the truck driver but he was not identified yet. They had impounded the truck.
Major tragedy averted
The police said a major tragedy was averted as the truck was loaded with LPG cylinders. A cylinder blast could have led to extensive damage. Maximum passengers who were injured in the accident belong to Delhi. The injured were identified as 9-year-old Ram Chouhan, Sarita (44), Ashok Gupta, Hemant Kumar, Sanjay Sharma, Mohan Pal, Sagina, Lakshya (8), all residents of Delhi; Anmo, a resident of Leh, Pardeep Kumar, Dev Chand and Khushi Ram, all residents of Uttar Pradesh.