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3 injured as auto rams into tanker

- Three-wheeler was speeding on busy road

An autorickshaw jumping lanes to overtake vehicles on a busy road in the New Alipore area rammed into an oil tanker on Monday, leaving the auto driver and two of his passengers seriously injured.

The driver of the auto on the Tollygunge-Behala route, Raja Singh, 30, was admitted to MR Bangur Hospital with multiple fractures in his head, chest, groin and knees. His condition is said to be critical.

Of the four passengers, two were admitted to BP Poddar Hospital and the rest discharged after first aid.

Pronab Ghosh Dastidar, 62, a resident of the Charu Market area, fractured his leg and was hurt in the chest, and Nilmoni Dey, 55, of Haridevpur, broke his right leg, suffered injuries in the chest and shoulder and received eight stitches on the back of his head. Ghosh Dastidar was sitting on the right in the rear seat, while Dey was seated next to the driver.

The accident occurred on Sahapur Road, which does not have a divider.

“Witnesses said the auto was overtaking a line of cars on the outermost flank,” an officer of New Alipore police station said. “As the auto crossed over to the other side of the road, it came right in front of an oil tanker headed towards the New Alipore petrol pump from Taratala.”

The auto driver tried to swerve away but lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the tanker. The impact flung the auto back and the three-wheeler hit another auto it had just overtaken.

The passengers in the second auto, plying between Rashbehari and Behala, sustained minor injuries. All three vehicles were seized.