Three youths from the city were killed after their car collided with a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus on Chandigarh-Manali highway near Thalot village. The trio were on their way to Manali and police said that they were driving at very high speed. According to the Himachal Pradesh Police, one of the victims was declared brought dead at the health facility at Nagwan in HP while the second victim succumbed to injuries at Kullu hospital. The third victim was referred to PGI in Chandigarh on Saturday evening, but he also died on way to the hospital.
The victims, who have been identified as Abhishek, Varnawas John and McMillan, were residents of PGI campus colony. MacMillan, according to the police, was a BSc student while John was a class XI student. John is the only son of his parents while MacMillan lived with his parents and a brother. The police said that John celebrated his birthday on October 6 .
Head Constable Huminder Singh, Investigating Officer (IO) of the case, told Chandigarh Newsline that the accident happened around 11.30 am and they were travelling in Etios car.
Singh said that a Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus was on its way to Thalot from Manali when the car collided. After the accident, initially the trio were taken to community health centre at Nagwan from were John and McMillan were shifted to Kullu hospital. McMillan was referred to PGIMER on Saturday evening, but he also died on way to hospital, police said.
According to the police, the postmortem of the two victims was conducted in HP and the bodies have been handed over to the family members. “We will wait for the postmortem report to see if the driver had consumed alcohol,” said Singh. “The bus driver was not at fault. The Etios car was on the wrong side. That is why the case has been lodged against the car driver only.”
The police didn’t find any document in the car, he said. The families of the victims were in an inconsolable state and were not in a position to speak.