Seven occupants in Maruti Suzuki Ciaz were killed in freak accident on the Durgapur Expressway near Rathtala area in Burdwan district of West Bengal, according to a report on India Blooms. Witnesses to the accident revealed that the car was overtaking the truck from the left side when the driver of the truck lost control and the tanker overturned. The car was crushed under the tanker which then started to pour hot tar over it, killing all seven passengers including two children. Though the people were rushed to a nearby hospital, they were declared brought dead. It had only been a couple of days the owner had bought the Ciaz.
"Deceased have been identified as Rajan Kumar, Reshmi Singh, Seshnath Singh, Nirmala Singh, two children, Anwesha Singh and Arabh Singh, and 13-year-old Riya Singh. They all were the residents of Golmohor area in Kolkata's neighbouring Howrah city," a senior official of Burdwan district police told IBNS.
"Nearly 42-year-old Rajan Kumar, who bought the car two days ago, was an inspection of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and posted in Howrah division," the official added.
According to the witnesses, the car overtook the truck from the left and swerved ahead of it and apparently braked. To avoid crashing into the car's rear, the truck driver steered to move out of the way, however the large locomotive tipped over and fell on the car.
The truck was carrying hot tar that started to leak over the car. Police, a fire engine and ambulance were rushed to the location, and the victims were recovered from the car and sent to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital.
The locals alleged delay in rescue response and protested on the highway, following which the police had to resort to mild baton charge to disperse the crowd. The tanker has been seized, however the driver is still absconding.
Being careful is a pre-requisite to driving. Especially on Indian roads, where various kinds of vehicles are present on the highways. From pedestrians to cycles to massive trucks. One could be a very experienced driver, however accidents like these are hard to predict, and hence keeping your part right on the road is necessary.
Some ways to avoid such incidents include staying alert. Highways in India cross through towns and villages, and children running in the road or cycles crossing or any animals leaping across need to be looked out for.
Always follow traffic rules. They may take a few of your seconds, but they have been put in place for the safety of one and all. Never overtake from the left unless absolutely necessary. Also, if you are in a situation that requires emergency braking, check your rear view mirror for any car or bike behind you. If there is one, look for a gap ahead of you to maneuver your car through. It is also advisable to keep tyre pressures on optimum levels, as it helps efficient braking.
Source: India Blooms