6 killed, 15 injured in 4 separate accidents
Kolkata: Six persons were killed and 15 others have been injured in four separate road accidents in the state on Sunday.
The first incident took place at Pirkata in West Midnapore when a trekker with around 20 passengers collided head-on with a loaded truck coming from the opposite direction, leading to the death of four passengers while 15 others received injuries in the accident.
Those who were killed have been identified as Nabanita Mohali (15), Uttam Mohali (14), Sabita Mohali and Maheswar Soren (14). The injured passengers were rushed to the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital where they have been undergoing treatment. Nabanita and Uttam were school students.
Police said that the trekker was moving at high speed. While taking a turn, the driver lost control over the vehicle after seeing the loaded truck. The vehicle rammed into the truck which was carrying bricks. The trekker driver sustained critical injuries in the accident. The truck driver had fled from the spot immediately after the accident. Police are conducting a raid to nab the truck driver.
In a separate accident, a 50-year-old man identified as Asif Khan, was killed after being crushed under the wheels of a speeding bus. The incident took place on National Highway 32 at Dulmi area in Purulia on Sunday morning.
The local people put up a road block, protesting against the overspeeding of vehicles in the area, which often leads to road accidents.
According to the police, the victim was a resident of the Daktardanga area of Purulia. He was riding his newly bought motorcycle, when the speeding bus ran him over. The wheels went over his head, killing him at the spot. The body was later recovered by the police and sent for an autopsy.
In the third accident, a woman was knocked down by a truck at the Islampur area in Murshidabad, when she was trying to cross the road on Sunday afternoon. Police said that Manjila Bibi (35), a resident of Islampur, was returning home after visiting a doctor, when a speeding truck hit her.
The local people rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced brought dead. The truck driver had fled from the spot after the accident.
In another incident, five pedestrians were injured when a Tata Sumo hit them on National highway 34 in Amdanga of North 24-Parganas. An irate mob set the vehicle on fire following the accident.
The injured people were taken to Barasat District Hospital. A fire tender was pressed into action to douse the flames. Traffic movement was disrupted on NH 34 for nearly an hour.