The dumper in front of Gamharia police station on Tuesday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
One person was killed and two others injured when a speeding dumper ran amok on the under-construction Adityapur-Kandra four lane road at Gamharia in Seraikela-Kharsawan district on Tuesday morning.
The person who was killed has been identified as Shiv Shankar Das (40), a resident of Teachers’ Colony in Mango. Das was an employee of a factory in Adityapur Industrial Area.
The incident took place around 9am when the speeding dumper, which was coming from Kandra and going towards Adityapur, first hit a scooterist from the back. The heavy vehicle then hit a cyclist before it finally hit the motorcycle Das was on.
The driver of the killer dumper abandoned the vehicle and fled the spot. The vehicle was found to be owned by Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited, which is executing the multi-crore (Rs 185 crore) road project.
Officer-in-charge of Gamharia police station Sanjeev Kumar Singh said the driver of the dumper lost control over the vehicle as it was moving at break-neck speed and hit the two-wheelers that came in its way.
He said the injured were rushed to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital from where the cyclist was released after first-aid. The other injured was shifted to Tata Main Hospital (TMH) where his condition was stated to be serious. Police said his name could not be ascertained as he was still unconscious.
As the dumper driver fled the spot, passers-by gave chase but could not catch him. Frustrated, they vented anger ire by pelting stones at the killer vehicle, shattering its windscreen.
Significantly, ever since the new four-lane construction has begun, accidents have become frequent on the stretch.
“Though the roads are wide enough for smooth and safe passage of vehicles, rash and negligent driving always pose a risk of accidents. There is no deployment of traffic police to check such rash driving,” said Rakesh Kumar Singh, a resident of Adityapur who regularly commutes on the road.
The officer-in-charge also admitted that both heavy vehicles and two-wheelers tend to drive speed on the road that is now wider, allowing a smoother ride. “We are contemplating streamlining vehicular traffic on the newly-built road by taking action against those who indulge in rash driving,” said the police officer, adding that initiatives like putting up speed limit boards and traffic signs for creating awareness among commuters would soon be taken.