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3 killed, dozens injured in mishap

Ranchi, Jan. 16: Three persons were killed while over three dozen others sustained injuries when two speeding buses collided head on in Gumla this morning, in an accident that police blamed on reckless driving and not on fog or low visibility.

The accident took place when a tourists’ bus, which was going to Naterhat in Latehar from the state capital, rammed into a Ranchi-bound passenger bus on Gumla-Ranchi road near Bharno around 8.30am.

While the passenger bus, Laxmi Rath, was carrying 52 commuters, as many as 63 tourists from Calcutta were aboard Swarnlata express bus.

Two of the deceased have been identified as Uday Mandal (48) and Anima Dhara (56), both from Bengal and were in the tourists’ bus. Police could not ascertain the identity of the dead woman, who had boarded Laxmi Rath from Gumla.

Among the injured, eight were serious and rushed to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi.

Out of the eight, five persons — Manish Mohan Samanto, Rupam Samanto, Supriyo Samanto, Aseema Pradhan and Laltu Pradhan — were tourists, while one, Pradeep Roy, was the driver of the tourists’ bus. The two others, R.P. Tirkey and Devyanti Tirkey, were travelling in the passenger bus.

Other injured were treated at a primary health centre in Gumla.

Superintendent of police Rakesh Bansal said there was a head-on collision between the two buses, resulting in three casualties. He maintained the mishap happened due to rash driver.

A Bharno resident said the accident took place near a curve and the impact of the collision was strong. Both the buses were badly damaged, he added.