Tribune News Service
Sangrur, November 18
Five people were burnt alive in the car they were travelling in when it caught fire after collision with a truck on the Sangrur-Sunam road.
The five car occupants were returning to Moga on Monday night after attending a wedding reception at Dirba town.
Among those who died was a doctor.
“The accident occurred around midnight. The car hit the diesel tank of the truck and the fuel spilled, leading to the car catching fire. The occupants did not get time to come out as the doors got locked. The car had to be cut to extricate the bodies,” said the SHO.
The truck driver fled the spot, but police said they are hopeful of nabbing him at the earliest.
Sangrur DSP Satpal Sharma said the bodies had been moved to Sangrur civil hospital for post-mortem.
“We have informed the relatives,” he said.
A senior lawyer and his assistant were burnt alive two days ago as their car caught fire after dashing into a tree near the Phagwara bypass chowk in Hoshiarpur district.