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App-cab driver 'falls asleep', rams his car into truck

Kolkata: One person died and another man suffered injuries after an app-cab driver rammed his vehicle into a truck early on Tuesday. Police suspected that the accident took place because the driver had fallen asleep.

According to sources, on Tuesday around 4:30 am, the truck was moving towards the airport on the VIP Road. Around the same time, the cab was moving in the same direction behind the truck. Near Raghunathpur subway, the driver rammed his car into the truck at a high speed.

Hearing a loud sound caused by the collision some pedestrians ran to the spot and saw the cab was stuck behind the truck. Baguiati police station was immediately informed. Within few minutes police arrived at the spot and rescued the driver identified as Akhya Nayak (42) along with one passenger identified as Nazrul Islam and admitted them to the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared Nayak dead. Islam is still undergoing treatment.

According to a local, driver of the app cab applied brake at the last moment but that did not help. Sleuths suspect that driver had fallen asleep and woke up at the last moment when the passenger alerted him. It is also suspected that Nayak had been driving all through the night and as a result he had fallen asleep. The police are waiting for Islam recovery to question him as he is the only person who knows what exactly happened.

Earlier during January this year, an app cab was moving towards Chingrihata from Science City with four passengers. Near Metropolitan Housing Complex, the driver identified as Ajay Roy lost control and collided with a median divider on E M Bypass. Later, police came to know that the driver had driven throughout the night and had fallen asleep while driving and lost control over the vehicle.

In May, last year, an IT professional died after an app cab rammed into a stationary container at Baguiati Joramandir. In this case too, sleuths later came to know that driver had fallen asleep.

These accidents are taking place often. The cops are planning to talk to app cab authorities to ask them not to schedule early morning trips for those drivers, who had been driving throughout the night.

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