|The mangled Indigo in Burdwan. (Gour Sharma)
Durgapur, May 30: Three youths from Jharkhand who were returning after a visit to Tarapith died when their car collided with a truck on a state highway in Burdwan late last night.
Two others, including a woman, suffered injuries in the accident on the Panagarh-Moregram state highway.
Police said the Tata Indigo hit a truck coming from the opposite direction while trying to overtake another truck. The police have found empty liquor bottles in the car.
The five friends had come to visit the Kali temple at Birbhum’s Tarapith on Monday. Those who died were identified as Pankaj Poddar, 30, Satya Prakash, 30, and driver Sanjay Sarkar, 25. The others, Sunny Raj, 30, and Monika Sharma, 25, were admitted to the Durgapur sub-divisional hospital. The police said the five hailed from Dumka.
Four killed in crash
Four persons, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed and 30 injured when the mini bus they were travelling in collided with a truck on NH2 in Asansol this afternoon.
“It appears that the driver had got distracted and hit the truck,” an officer said.
The dead were identified as passengers Geeta Bauri, 8, Babita Mondal, 40, and Somnath Karmakar, 32, and helper Sanatan Majhi, 45. Karmakar had married two months ago. His wife Jhilik was among those injured.
The truck driver and helper fled.
At least 40 Darjeeling and Gangtok-bound tourists from the two Parganas were injured when the bus they were travelling in fell into a roadside ditch in North Dinajpur’s Karandighi around 9am today.
The bus driver lost control after a truck that was trying to overtake another hit the passenger vehicle.