Jan. 27: A 55-year-old pedestrian was killed by a dumper at Changsari this morning and two persons were injured after a bus lost control while returning from Kamakhya temple yesterday.
Today’s incident took place around 11am when the dumper, bearing registration number AS-01-DD 4738, mowed down Mukut Ali near Changsari police outpost on the city outskirts.
Sources at Kamalpur police station said the dumper was heading towards Changsari side and hit Ali from behind.
He died on the spot.
“We suspect that the dumper’s driver lost control of the vehicle and hit him,” a source said.
Police arrested the driver of the dumper, Motiur Rahman, and seized the vehicle. “We have registered a case and action will be initiated according to the law,” the source said.
Following the accident, residents blocked National Highway 37 at Changsari.
This affected traffic for nearly 30 minutes before senior police officers reached the spot and pacified the protesters.
Residents alleged that traffic management in the area was poor, which resulted in frequent accidents.
Many dumpers carry construction material here as highway expansion work is under way.
“Two people were killed by dumpers a few months ago but we have seen no steps to improve traffic management here. There should be some speed-breakers and traffic policemen should be deployed to manage traffic near the construction sites,” one protester said.
They shouted slogans against the police and administration.
In an accident yesterday, a bus belonging to Assam State Transport Corporation lost control and broke railings on the hills while returning from the Kamakhya temple around 3.15pm.
The bus (AS13C-2657), coming from Nilachal hills with 40 passengers, rammed into the railing while taking a turn.
Two persons, who were shooting for a private television channel near the site, received minor injuries. The injured were admitted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.
No passengers, however, were injured in the accident.
The driver of the bus fled. The police struggled for nearly four hours to get the bus back on the road.