A 20-year-old polytechnic student was killed and nine others were injured when the SUV they were travelling in collided head-on with a trailer on NH-33 near Salboni village in Galudih, 35km from Jamshedpur, on Friday afternoon.
The deceased has been identified as Manish Kumar Sinha, a resident of Adityapur who was in his second year at Al Kabir Polytechnic in Mango.
Police said the accident took place around 1.30pm when the nine students were on their way to Maryland Engineering College in Galudih, where they were supposed to take their microprocessor examination from 2pm.
“There were 10 persons in the SUV, including the driver. The vehicle was in high speed and careened off its lane to plough into the trailer coming from the opposite direction,” said Galudih officer-in-charge Kuldeep Ram.
The accident site being 4km from the police station, the students received prompt attention and were rushed to MGM Medical College and Hospital in Sakchi, where doctors declared Manish dead. “Since the condition of the other students and the driver was serious, they were referred to Tata Main Hospital,” Ram said.
As the news spread, parents and relatives of the students reached the hospital.
“My son Sumeet was in the ill-fated SUV. I rang him up around 1.35pm to check if he had reached Galudih and was shocked to learn about the accident. Sumeet has sustained injuries on the head and in the chest, but he is out of danger,” said Rajendra Prasad, a resident of Bhalubasa.
According to sources at the hospital, the condition of one student is still critical. He has been identified as Chandan Kumar (19) of Mango.
“He has been shifted to ICU. The others are out of danger,” a source said.
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