Three Panchkula residents were killed and one was seriously injured in a road accident on Banur-Rajpura road, near Alampur village around 4 am on Sunday.
The accident took place when the victims were returning, in a Hyundai I20 car, from a religious place in Patiala. The victims were students of Bachelors in Pharma at Chitkara University in Rajpura.
“The preliminary investigation suggests that the car driver lost control of his vehicle due to which it hit a stationary container on the road,” a police officer said. Jansua police post in-charge and Investigating Officer (IO) of the case, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Avtar Singh, said they registered a case against the driver of the container who managed to flee from the spot.
The victims were identified as Yash Mittal, Akarshit Goyal and Ishan Kalra. While Yash was a resident of Sector 23, Akarshit and Ishan were residents of Sector 9, Panchkula. The injured was identified as Hunarpal, a resident Sector 46, Chandigarh.
ASI Avtar Singh also said that Akarshit died on the spot, while the other three persons were taken to a private hospital in Rajpura, where doctors declared Yash and Ishan brought dead. The injured Hunarpal was taken to GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.
The collision was so powerful that the car was completely damaged and the victims were stuck inside. Passers by and the police struggled to take out the victims from inside the damaged car.
The area where the accident took place is a busy stretch, frequented by heavy vehicles.
Both Akarshit and Ishan lost their fathers a few years ago. Akarshit is survived by two sisters.