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3 of family die in NH-2 crash

Three members of a family were killed when the SUV they were travelling in careened off NH-2 and rammed into a stationary trailer at Pawapur, 45km from Dhanbad district headquarters, on Wednesday morning.

The driver of the speeding SUV, who escaped unscathed despite the roof of the vehicle being sliced off on impact, has been arrested.

Suleman Ansari (55), a resident of Masatpur village in Koderma district, had fractured his leg a week ago. He was on his way to see an orthopaedic at Jorapokhar in Dhanbad along with wife Sahiba Khatoon (50) and son Mahmud Ansari (25) when the accident took place.

Driver Vinod Sharma (30) crashed into the trailer, parked on the roadside near Gill Hotel, around 7am. The trio died on the spot.

Hearing the loud bang, the driver of the trailer, who was resting at the hotel, fled the scene with his vehicle. The trailer was later seized from Maithon, 10km from the accident site, but the driver managed to escape.

Angry villagers of Pawapur blamed lax highway policing that allowed vehicles to speed even during the day. They also targeted Gill Hotel owner Paramjit Singh for letting the trailer park in front of his hotel.

The sloganeering protesters drove back a police team from local Hariharpur thana when it reached the spot to take the bodies to Patliputra Medical College and Hospital for post-mortem.

Hariharpur OC Sahdev Prasad arrived at the scene and tried to reason with villagers, but in vain. He confirmed that the SUV was speeding. But, they demanded action against the hotel owner and prompted police to question him.

Later, however, the protest was withdrawn and the bodies sent for autopsy.

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