Three of a family among five killed in tragic road mishap

Wreckage of the ill fated Alto car which met with a tragic mishap near Jatwal in Samba district. —Excelsior/Abhishek Badyal
Wreckage of the ill fated Alto car which met with a tragic mishap near Jatwal in Samba district. —Excelsior/Abhishek Badyal

Govind Sharma

SAMBA, Feb 20: Three of a family were among five persons killed in a tragic road mishap near Jatwal, early this morning.
According to the reports, the mishap took place at Jammu-Pathankot National Highway near Jatwal area at about 5:30 am when an Alto car bearing registration number JK01AF- 1361, which was on its way from Amritsar to Jammu, on reaching near Jatwal collided with a stationary truck. Click here to watch video
The reports said that the driver of the Alto car lost control over the steering and the vehicle rammed into rear side of a truck bearing registration number JK08D- 1504 who was parked on the side of National Highway. As the car was in high speed, its front side completely damaged and five persons which were travelling in it received serious injuries.
Local people immediately went to spot and tried to pull out the injured persons from the car. Meanwhile, some relatives of the injured persons who were returning in another vehicle also reached the spot. They called the police and ambulance after which all the injured persons were shifted to District Hospital Samba but doctors declared all of them brought dead.
After autopsy, the bodies of the deceased were handed over to their legal heirs for last rites while a case in this connection was registered at police station Ghagwal.
The deceased persons were identified as Arjun Singh (85) son of Chanda Singh, Darshan Singh (80) son of Chanda Singh, Darshan Kour (65) wife of Darshan Singh, all residents of Digiana and Manjeet Singh (56) son of Inder Singh, resident of Karan Bagh (Gadigarh) and Sahib Singh (20) son of Manjeet Singh.
As per the statement of the family members of the deceased, all the deceased were relatives to each other and returning from Amritsar after attending a marriage function.
Meanwhile, former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla visited the residence of deceased at Digiana and offered his heartfelt condolences. He prayed to Almighty to grant peace to the departed souls in heaven and enough strength to family members to bear this irreparable loss.