Five persons including three students from a reputed English medium school in Kolkata were injured after they were hit by an ambulance.
The incident occurred at Bangur area of Lake Town on Tuesday morning. Police said that the speeding ambulance lost its control and hit three students who were standing by the side of the road to catch their school bus.
The ambulance was on its way to Shyamnagar area from Nager Bazar when the accident took place. Two more pedestrians who were walking along the road also received injuries in the accident.
The local people said that as the ambulance was at a high speed the driver could not control the vehicle when he saw the three students standing by the side of the road. He applied sudden brakes but failed to stop the vehicle which again hit two more persons who were rushed to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, while the students were taken to a private hospital at Nagerbazar.
The students are Rishav Agarwal, Nilabha Chowdhury and Shreyangshu Bhalutia. All of them are student of Class IX. An irate mob ransacked the ambulance after the accident. The injured are currently undergoing treatment at the hospital. According the doctors of the private hospital the injuries of these students were serious in nature.
The incident had caused a traffic jam on the Jessore road and the city bound vehicles were stranded, resulting in serious inconvenience to the people.
Some local people also staged a protest at the place of the accident alleging that the vehicles often flout traffic norms but no action was taken against the offending vehicles.
Some, however, alleged that due to police inactivity in the area the vehicles speed up in the area leading to repeated road accidents. They also alleged that a section of police personnel extort money from some heavy vehicles that remain parked on the side of Jessore road which often cause road accidents in the area.
Local people managed to catch hold of the driver immediately after the accident. After being informed, the police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.
The local residents told the police that the driver of the ambulance was in an inebriated state while driving the vehicle. Police have arrested the driver and the vehicle has also been seized.