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Three die in NH-33 mishap

Three members of a family were killed while one was critically injured when their car collided head-on with a bus in Tamar on NH-33 on Friday morning, underscoring the urgent need for four-laning of the highway.

Ashok Haldar, owner of a medicine shop in Tamar, was going to Jamshedpur with his wife and two grown-up daughters when the accident occurred around 9.30am. Haldar, in his late 40s, was at the wheels.

According to rural superintendent of police A.V. Minz, the speeding private bus, on its way from Jamshedpur to Ranchi, hit the car near Ulidih village under Tamar police station. Haldar, his wife and one of the girls died on the spot. The other was rushed to RIMS in Ranchi, where she is undergoing treatment.

According to eyewitnesses, the speeding bus was trying to overtake a goods carrier and in the process, ended up hitting the van.

The accident triggered traffic snarls on the busy Ranchi-Tata road as the mangled vehicle lay on the road for a while. Police took around two hours to clear the road.

“Normal traffic has been restored. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem,” Minz said.

The fatal accident left the deceased’s neighbours shocked. Ajay Gupta, one of the neighbours, said Haldar was an amiable man, who used to participate in social activities. “The van was completely mangled. It was difficult to identify Haldar’s critically injured daughter. The killer bus was dragged away with the help of a crane,” said Gupta.

Others said that the accident could have been averted had the Ranchi-Jamshedpur four-laning project was completed.