Thursday, 10 October 2013

18 killed in Punjab road accident

At least eighteen people were killed and 40 others injured after a mini bus fell into a ditch in Punjab's Hoshiarpur District.

The accident occurred late last night, when the passengers were returning after visiting a shrine in Himachal Pradesh.

"Tata 407 vehicle fell into a deep ditch. We have just come from the spot and we are trying to save the maximum number of people. Around 40 people are injured who have been admitted to different hospitals. We have brought the dead bodies to the hospital," said Senior Superintendent of Police, Sukhchain Singh Gill.

According to Gill the mini bus fell in a 100 feet deep trough after the breaks of the vehicle failed.

"We have talked to several people and also to the driver, who has been taken into custody. As per them, there was some technical problem due to which the vehicle got out of control and fell into a deep trench," said Gill.

Help to the victims was delayed as the accident happened late at night. Residents of the area reached the spot to rescue and pull out the people from the trench.

Police officials later reached the accident site and rushed the injured to the hospital.

Authorities said that most of the victims belonged to Kapurthala district of Punjab.

Thursday 10 October 2013


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