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6 dead, 3 injured as pick-up van collides head-on with trailer near Ghatshila

Jamshedpur, July 5: In a shocking road mishap, six persons, including two women were killed and three others injured as the pick-up van they were travelling met with a head-on-collision with a trailer on NH-33 at Dhalbhumgarh in Ghatshila sub-division, on Wednesday.

The injured were rushed to the MGM Medical College Hospital in Sakchi, where condition of all two of them is reported to be serious. The women who were killed in the age group of 27-30 years, and those killed were in the age-group of 30-35 years.

The mishap took place near Dhalbhumgarh Bazaar under the same police station area at around 4.45 am. The pick-up van was going from Dhalbhumgarh toward Baharagora while the trailer was coming from the opposite direction.

One of the passengers, who sustained minor injuries, said that those traveling on the pick-up van had got down from a local passenger train at the Dhalbhumgarh railway station.

“The van was loaded with newspapers. We had travelled hardly one kilometre or so, the mishap took place,” he said.

According to him, there were nine persons, including two women and the drive in the pick-up van which was at moving at a moderate speed.

“We are still in state of shock. The trailer was coming at a high speed that led to the mishap. A patrolling van reached the spot and the police immediately rescued four of the injured and rushed us to the medical college hospital. But on the way one of the injured succumbed to his injuries,” said the injured passenger.

The persons who were killed are Chandan Kumar Singh (Jeep Driver, Dhalbhumgarh), Chandan Behra (Compounder, Baripada, Odisha), Ranchi’s Rahul Kumar who is a health worker in a government hospital at Baharagora, Gurbari Lohar and Suribali Hansda (Asanbani, Baharagora).
The injured includes Vibhuti Pradhan (Seraikela-Kharsawan), Heerlal Paida (Khandamouda, Baharagora), Karuna Mardi (Asanbani, Baharagora)

OC, Dhalbhumgarh police station Rajesh Kumar said five persons, including the two women died on the spot and the sixth victim died on way to the MGM Medical College Hospital,” said the officer-in-charge. “We are trying to locate the owner of the trailer and we will try and nab the driver so that he can be taken into task for being so irresponsible,” he noted.

Kumar said that the trailer driver fled the spot abandoning the vehicle after the mishap. Search operation is on to nab him.

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