Bus collision in India kills five, 60 injured

The Nation  |  Jul 23, 2021

The incident happened in the Moga district of the Indian state of Punjab. The Congress Party members who lost their lives in the fatal accident were headed to the city of Chandigarh to be part of the swearing-in ceremony of Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been appointed the new party chief in Punjab.

At least five people, including three Congress Party workers, were killed and nearly 60 others were left injured after two buses collided in the Indian state of Punjab early Friday. 

The accident occurred in the state's Moga district.

"Two people died on the spot and the other three died while undergoing treatment in Moga's Civil Hospital where the victims were rushed to. Around 30 of the injured people are critical at present and under the observation of doctors", Baldev Singh, a police official from Moga's control room told Sputnik. 

Expressing grief at the death and injuries to fellow Congress members, Punjab State Chief Amarinder Singh tweeted that all the necessary medical aid is being provided to those affected in the accident. 

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​"Prima facie, it appears that the driver of the bus was driving at a high speed and lost control of the wheel. Further investigation is underway", Harmanbir Singh Gill, Senior Superintendent of Police (Moga), told Sputnik. 

Photos allegedly depicting the crash site detail the severity of the accident. The front end of the buses can be seen totally crushed. 

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