Police officials record the statements of injured at Bhiwani’s Civil Hospital on Friday. Photo: Indervesh Duhan
Tribune News Service
Bhiwani, September 30
Nine pilgrims were killed and 12 others injured when a pick-up vehicle they were travelling in rammed into a truck moving ahead of it and then was hit by another heavy vehicle from behind at Sainiwas village on NH-65 this morning.
The deceased identified as Gangu, Dara, Raja, Paramjeet, Ravinder, Roshan Lal, Sagar, Shalu and Manpreet Kaur were residents of Hambowala village of Machhiwara near Ludhiana.
The pick-up vehicle overturned and caused the death of four of the pilgrims on the spot, while five others died on the way to hospital. The labourers working on the road took the injured to the hospital.
The accident took place around 12.15 am. The injured have been admitted to the Civil Hospital at Bhiwani.
Bhiwani Civil Surgeon Dr Randeep Singh Poonia said, “Twenty-one patients were brought to Government Hospital, Siwani, of which nine were declared brought dead. Additional staff was deployed and the best possible treatment was given to the injured. Later, the patients were referred to hospitals in Hisar and Bhiwani. The bodies were shifted to the Bhiwani hospital for postmortem.” Deshraj, one of the injured, said they were coming back from Dadreva Dham near Gogamadi in Rajasthan and were asleep at the time of the accident. He said they left their native place on September 28 to pay obeisance at Rajasthan and were on the way to their home.
Siwani police station incharge Jai Singh said the drivers of all three vehicles escaped from the spot. A case has been registered against the missing drivers for negligent driving.
As many as 29 pilgrims were killed in a similar manner at the same place in 2012.