Four killed in auto-rickshaw, train collision

February 16th, 2008 - 10:30 pm ICT by admin  

Ropar (Punjab), Feb 16 (IANS) Four people were killed and two others injured when an auto-rickshaw collided with a passenger train at an unmanned railway crossing in Punjab Saturday. The accident took place on the Ropar-Nangal railway track at Alipur village, near here.

Those dead included two women, a man and a 10-year-old girl. The auto-rickshaw driver was seriously injured in the accident. All the victims were going to attend a wedding.

Witnesses told the police that the auto-rickshaw tried to cross the railway track just as the train was approaching. The train hit the vehicle and dragged it over several metres. The auto-rickshaw was completely smashed in the accident.

The railway police have registered a case against the auto-rickshaw driver, Sukhdeep Singh. He told the police that the accident happened as the brakes of his vehicle had failed.

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