Eight dead, 4 critically injured in 2 road accidents on Tuesday
At least eight people died in two separate road accidents including a one and half year old child and a minor, while five others are reported to be critically injured. The deaths in the two mishaps on Tuesday have once again raised questions on the safety measures being taken by the authorities on the mountainous routes and plains in Uttarakhand.
The first accident happened at 5:30 AM near Nainbagh in Tehri district where a Swift car fell off the road into a 350 metre deep gorge. The deceased in the accident have been identified as driver and owner of the car Baburam Gaur (46), Darshani Devi (45), Reena (28), a 17 year old minor Happy Gaur and a 1.5 years old girl Shanu while the inured who were sent to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh through by helicopter are Babita (30) and Ankush (20).
Nainbagh police post in-charge Himmat Singh said that all the deceased and injured belong to the same family from Lakhamandal. He said that the sister in-law of deceased Baburam Gaur committed suicide on Monday by consuming poison. The family brought her Dehradun for treatment where the doctors declared her dead. The family was taking her body back to their residence at Lakhamandal when the accident happened. There was a small ambulance that was transporting the body while seven members of the same family were in a private car behind the ambulance.
Singh said, “Prima facie it appers that either the driver might have dozed off or maybe the visibility was affected by foggy conditions at that time. The bodies after post-mortem have been handed over to the family.”
In the second mishap in Haridwar district, a head on collision between a truck and an Innova car on Roorkee-Delhi highway caused the deaths of three people on the spot while two others were seriously injured.
Jwalapur police station officer Amarjeet Singh said, “One Innova from Haryana packed with pilgrims was being driven from Haryana towards Haridwar. Near Belra village, a speeding truck coming from opposite side collided with the car, resulting in the death of three persons on the spot.”
It is pertinent to mention here that that the truck driver after the accident ran away from the spot. Some members of Gujjar community staying nearby rescued the other two passengers and informed the police.
Guv, CM condole mishap, CM orders magisterial probe
The governor Baby Rani Maurya and chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat have expressed deep grief at the road accident near Nainbagh on Nainbagh-Vikasnagar road. In addition to announcing ex-gratia for the bereaved families and financial assistance for the injured, the chief minister has also directed a magisterial probe into the mishap.
The chief minister directed officials to release Rs two lakh ex-gratia each for the bereaved families and Rs 50,000 financial assistance for each of the injured from the chief minister’s discretionary fund. Rawat also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the mishap.
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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