Accidents claimed over 100 lives in Panchkula this year

Road accidents in Panchkula have claimed 101 lives this year. Out of the total 94 fatal accidents this year, a majority have occurred on national highways NH 73 and NH 22.

As per the records of the Panchkula police, 241 minor and major accidents have occurred this year till now. In these accidents, 101 people have lost their lives and 209 were injured. Last year, 97 people had died in road accidents in Panchkula.

"Most of the fatal accidents took place on NH 73 and NH 22. The traffic on these highways is increasing, while over-speeding is a major reason for the accidents," said a traffic police official. The maximum number of challans issued in the district are also for over-speeding, he added.

The deadliest accident this year had also occurred on NH 22, which claimed the lives of five people. In the collision between a cab and a truck, which took place on May 4 near Pinjore, ten others were left injured. In another brutal accident which occurred on NH 22, two youths died while one was left seriously injured in a collision between their Swift car and a mini truck on October 28.

In the past three years, 723 accidents have taken place in Panchkula. Since 2011, as many as 287 fatal accidents here have left 323 people dead. The maximum number of accidents took place in 2011, with a total of 263 minor and major accidents killing 125 people.

"The manpower deployed to manage the traffic in Panchkula district is less compared to Chandigarh. We only have 52 police personnel as compared to about 700 in Chandigarh. However, we are trying to increase our presence on the roads. Recently, we deployed eighth riders for the purpose in the city area," said Rajbir Deswal, Commissioner of Police, Panchkula-Ambala range.

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