Jamshedpur, July 1: Tragedy struck when five girls were killed and 14 others injured as a pick-up van they were travelling by hit a lamp post at Sashangda village under Bodam police station area in Patamda on Friday morning.
The accident took place when the victims were returning home at Moharbasa in Bodam after attending a village fair at Sashangda at about 4 a.m.
Those killed were identified as Basanti Hansda (20), Rupali Soren (15), Arti Hembram (14), Sunamuni Soren (14) and Salashi Mardi (11), all residents of Mohrabasa village in Bodam.
The police and villagers rushed all the injured to MGM Medical College and Hospital emergency. At the medical college hospital, five of the injured were admitted, while the remaining injured were released after first-aid treatment.
Those admitted at the medical college hospital are Chhabirani Soren (42) Sonamuni Mardi (16), Saroj Nag (35), and Nilmuni Mardi (13) and Maheswar Mahato (45).
The family members of Sonamuni shifted her to Tata Main Hospital as her condition was extremely serious. She has received serious head injury beside multiple injuries in both of her hands.
According to the information, the driver of the van was drunk. As the van was at a high speed, the driver could not control the vehicle after a bike rider came in the way, causing him to hit into a lamp post at Sashangda village on Bodam-Patamda Road, near the venue of the fair.
After the collision, the van overturned and rolled down the road. As it was dark and there were very few people on the road, the injured could not get immediate medical. They were finally carried to the hospital in police vehicles at about 5.30 a.m.
Officer in-charge of Bodam police station, Rajesh Ranjan, said the driver of the pick-up van fled the scene, but they succeeded in arresting him from adjoining Paharpur village.
“We gathered information from the injured that the driver was drunk and he managed to jump off the van before the vehicle hit into the pole.
As he was drunk, he could not control the vehicle and caused the mishap,” Ranjan said.
The officer in-charge added that the driver of the ill-fated vehicle was identified as Vishnupado Hansda (19), a resident of Mohrabasa village.