10 killed in head-on collision at Jind district

Ten people, including two women and four children, died and seven others sustained injuries when the passenger vehicle they were travelling in collided head on with a canter near Dakal village in Jind district's Narwana.

Rash driving by both the drivers in dense fog led to the accident, suspect police. All those travelling in the passenger vehicle (Tata-S) were on their way to attend a religious discourse at Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa.

Eight of the deceased — Sonam, Raj Bala, Phullo Devi, Pala Ram, Aarti, Jyoti and Pooja and Vedpal Kumar — are residents of Chandigarh and belonged to the same family. The remaining two, Jile Singh (Kaithal) and Krishan Kumar (Kurukshetra) were their relatives.

According to the police, the accident took place around 5 am, when an overloaded Tata-S — carrying 18 people — collided head on with a canter on the Chandigarh-Hisar highway. While the Tata-S was going towards Sirsa, the canter was coming from the opposite direction. While one person died on the spot, six others succumbed at Narwana's civil hospital. Nine others, who sustained injuries, were referred to the PGIMER in Chandigarh.

"The police was informed by some passerby. Our teams tried hard to bring the injured out of the Tata-S. We had to use iron cutters to cut the vehicle's doors. Residents of nearby villages also helped the police in taking the injured to the civil hospital," DSP Rameshwar Singh said.

"It appears that for about 15-20 minutes, nobody spotted the accident since there is not much traffic movement on highways during fog. The visibility was extremely low. A truck driver was the first one to spot the accident," an officer said. The police have booked the driver of the canter on charges of rash and negligent driving causing death.

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