Road accident 17 killed in Indian Punjab

MOGA: at least 17 people, including five women and five children, were killed early on Monday in a head-on collision between a jeep and a truck near Punjab’s Moga town, 170 km from Chandigarh, police said. The victims, who were devotees from Daulatpura village in Moga district, were returning from a shrine in Nanaksar near Jagraon town. The accident took place on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway around 2am. Police said 14 people were killed on the spot, while three others died in a hospital in Moga. “All the occupants travelling in the jeep were killed in the accident,” a police official at the site said. Police said the speeding truck, which was trying to overtake another vehicle, collided head-on with the jeep. The truck driver fled the spot, leaving his vehicle behind.