Two persons were killed and as many were injured after a taxi driver who was allegedly drunk lost control of his vehicle near Kidderpore on Tuesday afternoon.
While the passenger in the taxi and a cyclist died, a civic worker and the driver were injured.
The taxi was heading towards Garden Reach from Kidderpore down Circular Garden Reach Road at 3.45pm when the accident occurred.
Police said the cabbie, Ram Charan Shaw, 45, was driving under the influence and hit the civic worker standing by the roadside.
In an attempt to flee, the taxi driver sped and hit cyclist Abdul Mannan, 43, a few metres ahead, before ramming into a trailer.
Mannan, a resident of Garden Reach Road, was thrown off his bicycle after being hit from behind.
The taxi driver and the passenger sitting next to him were injured after the speeding cab crashed into the trailer.
Sudhar Singh, 45, had hailed the cab near Fancy Market on his way to Garden Reach. Local people took Mannan and Singh to Calcutta Medical Research Institute in another taxi, where both were declared dead. “Mannan and Singh injured their heads, which led to heavy bleeding,” said a senior officer of South Port police station.
Singh’s head went through the windshield after the taxi rammed into the trailer.
Shaw was admitted to SSKM Hospital with head injuries.
“He was found to be drunk and will be arrested on his discharge from the hospital. The municipal worker suffered minor injuries and was discharged after treatment,” said an officer.
“Shaw will be arrested and charged with drunken driving and death caused by negligence once he is discharged from the hospital,” said V. Solomon Nesakumar, deputy commissioner, port division.