Jamshedpur, March 21: In a horrifying road mishap, three men were killed and two others injured as the car they were travelling in collided with unidentified vehicle and overturned on NH-33 under Chandil police station area in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district late Monday night.
Those killed were identified as Bablu Soren, a resident of Patkum village in Nimdih, Sagun Tuddu of Rajamati village and Sukhram Mardi, a resident of Pata village. The injured were identified as Bilom Hansda and Sukhram Tuddu. They were rushed to the MGM Medical College Hospital where their condition is said to be critical. All three bodies have been sent to Seraikela Sadar Hospital for postmortem.
The mishap took place as the vehicle was overturned while taking a turn along Jariadih village on the NH-33 around midnight.
Chandil police station OC, Ajit Kumar confirmed about the mishap that claimed three lives. “We are investigating to find out the main reason behind the mishap. But in the initial investigation, it was found that the car which the victims were travelling in overturned and turned at a curve,” said Kumar.
During the past three months 15 mishaps have taken place in which 20 persons were injured on the NH-33 between Pardih to Chandil — a stretch of 20 kilometres. Earlier the traffic was slow as the road of the NH-33 was dotted with potholes, but ever since it was repaired, the vehicle owners tend to drive at high speed.
A police official said that due to lack of check posts, reckless driving is also on the rise. More in the last one decade the rise of vehicles particularly, four wheelers have registered manifold increase with each family possessing at least two-wheelers on an average.
“ We have found that the drivers of heavy vehicles driving on NH 33 are very careless. The buses are always overloaded and four or five passengers often hang on the foot board. They are fond of overtaking and over speed. For as soon as they get into their vehicles they seem to forget all about the world except themselves. We want the drivers to be instructed to be more active to see that the traffic rules are more effectively enforced on the drivers. Prevention,they should be made to realise, is,in all circumstances better than cure,” said the official. A traffic official admitted to lack of technology to detect speed demons but tried to put up a brave front. “We admit that we do not have the technology to catch or prosecute speed demons. However, that does not mean that speed restrictions should not be imposed on NH 33 in view of the rise in road mishaps,” he noted.