Mohammad Asmat Ali, who survived the accident, waits for updates about his family at GMCH. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati, Oct. 3: Seven-year-old Samina Khatun was at a loss as she lay on a stretcher and watched the chaos in the emergency wing of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, with more critically injured victims of the Barpeta accident being wheeled in.
Samina, who hurt her hand in the accident, was brought to GMCH along with four other patients.
“The car I was travelling in hit a truck and we fell down,” she said. “My parents were in the car, too.” But the child has no clue whether her parents have survived or not.
The lifeless body of an infant, which had been brought in along with her, lay on a stretcher nearby.
In a corner, Mohammad Asmat Ali, 55, another survivor, sat with a grim face as he waited near his unconscious 12-year-old son, Afsar Ali, who has sustained injuries on the head.
He was waiting anxiously for news of his wife, Banosa Bibi and daughter Halima Bibi, who were in the vehicle that had collided with the truck.
“We had set out for Rangia from Dhubri around 10.30pm on Wednesday night for work. Nearly 40-50 of us were travelling in two vehicles. Around 5.30am, I woke up with a jerk when our vehicle was hit by a truck. As I was asleep, I cannot exactly say what had happened. While I escaped with minor injuries, my wife, son and daughter were seriously injured. My son has been badly hurt on his head and the doctors are treating him. They have given him an oxygen mask too,” said Ali, who hails from Borajan village under Tamarhat police station in Dhubri.
“I heard that my wife and daughter were being brought from the hospital in Barpeta here in a separate ambulance. I am trying to locate them,” Ali pleaded with bystanders.
In another corner lay Akhtar Ali, with head injuries.
All he could manage was to whisper his name to a doctor, who was attending to him.