August 13, 2016 4:30:00 am
TEN DAYS after a Panchkula police constable and his wife died on the Barwala-Panchkula stretch of the National Highway 73, another couple met with an accident on the same stretch near Sector 27 here on Friday.
Residents of Raipur Rani, the couple were coming from Raipur Rani to Panchkula on a bike. While Ramesh, 36, suffered minor injuries, Neetu, 34, died in the accident. Their children are aged 12 and 10.
The incident occurred around 10 am when the couple had crossed Sector 27. A speeding truck coming from behind hit the bike and fled. Rakesh lost balance and the bike veered off the road. Both were rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where Neetu was declared brought dead. Ramesh was admitted and was discharged later in the evening.
The police registered a case for causing death due to negligence against the unidentified truck driver at Chandimandir Police Station. “We have registered a case and investigation is on to identify the truck,” said a police officer.
On July 31, a Panchkula police Head Constable and his wife were killed after their bike was hit by a truck. They were residents of Police Lines, Moginand, and were on their way to a market in Panchkula, when the incident happened at 9.30 pm.
“Many accidents have been reported on this stretch. We have written to NHAI several times to at least build rumble strips for speed restrictions, since speed breakers cannot be constructed on the highway. The stretch also lies in darkness in the absence of street lights. Maximum casualties are those of two-wheelers,” said ACP (Traffic) Munish Sehgal.
The police said that the highway witnesses a huge rush due to heavy vehicles, which are also causing maximum road accidents. However, NHAI continues to count on the proposal for four-laning of the highway to end the traffic woes. However, the project is moving at a snail’s pace, with approval still awaited for the last stretch of Barwala-Panchkula.
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