The damaged dumpers on Sakchi-Mango Road on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Traffic on Sakchi-Mango Road was disrupted for over 10 hours on Tuesday after two dumpers collided near MGM Medical College and Hospital under Sakchi thana around 1am and injured two persons.
But unlike times when resident protests hold up traffic, the Tuesday logjam occurred because both dumpers, one with boulders, lay on the middle of the road till 11am.
As Sakchi-Mango Road, one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, stayed blocked, commuters took forced bypass detours of around 1km or so.
The jam cleared partially after 11am when the police pressed a crane to tow the two dumpers from the middle of the road to the left.
The injured, identified as driver of the boulder-laden dumper Sristidhar Singh and his aide Sanjay Kumar, both Patamda residents, were admitted to MGM Medical College and Hospital.
Doctors said they were out of danger.
According to sources, the boulder-laden truck was coming from Patamda to Adityapur and the other one, carrying fly ash, was going from Jamshedpur to Ghatshila.
Sakchi thana officer-in-charge (OC) Gopal Singh said the mishap took place as the boulder-laden dumper, plying at breakneck speed, hit another coming from the opposite end. The impact injured the duo inside the heavy vehicle.
“It was not a head-on collision, as one dumper hit another sideways. We have seized both vehicles and registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the driver of the boulder-laden dumper (Sristidhar),” Singh said.
OC Singh added that the other driver — of a covered dumper carrying fly ash — had managed to flee.
“Despite my requests, Sristidhar did not lower the vehicle’s speed. He did not listen,” an injured Sanjay alleged.