The incident occurred last midnight in Chandigarh's Transport Chowk traffic light-point when the men, four of them from Rajasthan and one from UP, were sleeping on the pavement, Assistant Superintendent of Police (East) Guriqbal Singh Sidhu said today, adding three other labourers were also injured.

He added that the truck driver was absconding after the accident, but one of his accomplices was arrested by the police. "The labourers were sleeping when the truck ploughed into them. The accident occurred near the dead end of the road," Sidhu stated.

Asked if they suspect the truck driver was inebriated, the ASP said, "Investigations in this regard are on". A case has been registered, he said.

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