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Speed puts 8 in hospital

Two mishaps, both triggered by reckless driving, left eight people injured in the city on Monday.

Seven persons were injured when the private bus they were travelling in overturned at the crossing of Lindsay Street and Jawaharlal Nehru Road around 8am.

The bus, on route 47/2, was zigzagging down Jawaharlal Nehru Road in its bid to overtake another bus.

“The statements of witnesses suggest that rash driving had caused the mishap,” said an officer of the traffic police department.

The accident could have been fatal had the bus overturned with its doors facing the ground.

Bystanders and local shopkeepers rushed to the rescue of the trapped passengers and took the injured to SSKM Hospital and Medical College and Hospital.

The driver jumped off his cabin and fled. The bus has been impounded.

In the other accident, 32-year-old Souren Saha was injured when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a taxi at the crossing of Gariahat Road and Swinhoe Street around 9.30am.

Police said Saha was driving at a “breakneck” speed down Swinhoe Street.

“As soon as he hit Gariahat Road, he rammed into the taxi. He had not bothered to slow down while approaching the crossing,” said an officer of the south traffic guard.

“Saha did not notice the taxi, which, too, was being driven at a high speed. The driver slammed the brakes, but it was too late,” the officer added.

Saha was injured in both his legs and chest. “Local residents took him to Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan, where he has been kept under observation,” said an officer of the traffic department.

Both vehicles have been impounded and the taxi driver has been booked for reckless driving.

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