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Car crash claims 3 of city family

Aug. 9: Three members of a Calcutta family died in a car accident on Durgapur Expressway this afternoon. Police sources said they were verifying if the three were members of a family that owns a popular personal care brand.

Subir Sen, 61, his wife Trina Sen, 48, and cousin Tirtha Sen, 60, died after the speeding Maruti Esteem they were travelling in hit a divider and overturned in Hooghly. Tirtha’s wife Ratna, 45, suffered a serious head injury and has been admitted to a private hospital in Salt Lake.

The four were going to their ancestral home in Kalna, Burdwan, to celebrate Rakhi tomorrow.

Police and family members said the accident took place near Amiria village in Dadpur, Hooghly, about 55km from Calcutta.

“The Esteem was travelling at high speed. Subir, who was driving the car, lost control and hit a divider. The car overturned,” said an officer of Dadpur police station.

A police patrol spotted the mangled car with the passengers inside. The four were rushed to Chinsurah Imambara Hospital, where doctors declared Subir, Tirtha, who was in the front left seat, and Trina dead on arrival.

Ratna was taken to the private hospital in Salt Lake late tonight by family members. Doctors said her condition was critical.

The Sens are residents of Debaprasad Row near Sealdah.

The family members said the four had started from their Calcutta home around 2.30pm.

“Eight of our family members were going to Kalna in two cars. Subir, Tirtha and their wives were in one car while the others were in another. They go to Kalna almost every year to celebrate Rakhi,” a family member said. They were to return to Calcutta on Monday.

The car being driven by Subir was behind the other car. “When those in the car travelling in front could not see the other vehicle for some time, they took a U-turn and found the mangled car a few kilometres behind,” a police officer said. The identities of those in the car in front could not be ascertained.

A member of the Sen family rushed to Hooghly from Calcutta in the evening. Other family members arrived from various places, including Kalna.

No one was there at the Sens’ residence in Calcutta tonight. Neighbours said Subir was a careful driver.