A 21-year-old man was killed on the spot and his uncle seriously injured when a speeding dumper hit their motorcycle on Tata-Kandra Road at Gamharia in Seraikela-Kharsawan on Tuesday morning.
Chandil resident Binod Kumar Mahto was going to a Chaibasa college to submit his BEd admission form along with his uncle Nimai Chandra Mahto when the mishap occurred. Nimai has been admitted to MGM Medical College and Hospital with injuries on his right leg and hand.
His condition is stated to be as serious.
A relative said that the duo were riding through a lonely stretch on Tata-Kandra Road around 8.30am when the dumper hit them from behind. Neither of the victims wore a helmet.
“Binod was riding the bike whereas his uncle was sitting behind him. When the truck hit the bike, Binod fell on the road and Nimai was flung off. The dumper’s rear wheel ran over Binod’s head and killed him,” said the relative.
The dumper driver sped away leaving the duo in a pool of blood. A patrolling party coming from Seraikela rushed the two to the state-run hospital, where doctors on emergency duty declared Binod brought dead.
Additional superintendent of police, Seraikela, Naresh Prasad said they were yet to trace the dumper and its driver. The senior officer admitted that the number of road mishaps on Tata-Kandra Road had gone up.
“We have observed that most mishaps on the artery are caused by dumpers. The drivers tend to drive at breakneck speed to make the maximum number of trips. They overlook traffic rules and this causes fatal mishaps,” said Prasad, adding that they would soon enforce a system to check speed limit of heavy vehicles.
Tata-Kandra Road has witnessed as many as 30 deaths since January this year.