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Scooter hits tree, student dead

The spot on Tata-Hata state highway where the accident took place on Wednesday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta

A 21-year-old engineering student was fatally wounded and his batchmate sustained serious injuries when the scooter they were riding rammed into a fallen tree on Tata-Hata state highway late on Wednesday.

The accident took place at Turi in Potka police station area, 15km from Jamshedpur, around 10.30pm.

The two-wheeler was in top gear and neither of the two boys was wearing helmet. Police also blamed the absence of high beam on their scooter for the mishap.

Bhimsen Bauri, a resident of Dhanbad and second-year pupil of RVS College of Engineering and Technology in Ghutia along NH-33, died of his head injuries at Tata Main Hospital (TMH) around midnight. Friend Pradeep Sardar (21), also a coal town native, is being treated for leg injuries.

According to family members, the two students were returning to their Ghutia hostel from a relative’s house in Haldipokhar.

Bhimsen was manning the scooter and Pradeep was riding pillion. “As the stretch was dark and the headlights not powerful enough, they failed to notice the tree, which was on the side of the highway, and went into it head-on,” grieved one of Bhimsen’s relatives.

After the accident, the duo apparently lay writhing in pain for half an hour before a police patrol rushed them to TMH by 11.30pm.

Potka OC Shailendra Kumar conceded that the boys wore no helmets and were in top speed, but said that poor quality of headlight was the biggest reason behind the fatal accident.

“The spot where the tree was lying was to the extreme left of the road. Several vehicles cross the stretch, but no one hit the tree. The scooterists failed to notice the hurdle because the headlights were not powerful,” he stressed.

Police have sent Bhimsen’s body to MGM Medical College in Dimna post-mortem.