In a major road mishap, at least 29 persons including some women and children were killed when a canter, in which they were traveling, collided head-on with a truck on Rajgarh Hisar road near Sainiwas village, about 60 km from district headquarters Bhiwani on Monday. The deceased included 10 women, 16 men and three children.
The canter with 60 pilgrims of Sisarhato village in Kaithal district was returning from Amarpura dham in Rajasthan. The accident occurred on a blind curve on the road at around 8:30 am. The impact of the accident was so much that 22 people died on the spot and seven others lost their lives on way to hospital.
Meanwhile, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has expressed deep shock and grief over the tragic accident.
The canter was crammed with passengers and almost served as a double decker vehicle to accommodate a large number of people. Most of the passengers were asleep at the time of accident.
The residents of the nearby village rushed to the spot and pulled out the injured and bodies of the victims from the mangled remains of the vehicle. Later, Bhiwani deputy commission Ashok Kumar Meena and other officials rushed to the spot and sent the injured to the nearby hospitals in Hansi and Hisar towns.
The district administration spokesperson confirmed the death of 27 persons. "So far, 22 bodies have been taken to the Bhiwani civil hospital", the spokesperson said.
The reports from Hisar indicated that another injured person had also succumbed to injuries. Sources said that among the injured, ten were in serious condition.
The chief minister cancelled his scheduled programmes at Kurukshetra and rushed to Hisar to console the members of the bereaved families and enquire about the well-being of the injured.
In a condolence message, the chief minister conveyed his heartfelt sympathies to the members of the bereaved families and he wished speedy recovery to the injured. The government would provide treatment free of cost to all the persons injured in this accident.