Three youths — riding one motorcycle without helmets — were killed when their speeding two-wheeler collided head-on with a CRPF provisions truck on Kandra-Chandil Road, 17km from the steel city, in Seraikela-Kharsawan district on Monday afternoon.
Two of the victims who died on the spot have been identified as Bhim Kalindih (23), a resident of Birbas in Seraikela, and Chotu Kalindih (22) of Pardih, near Jamshedpur.
The third victim, also in his early twenties and who died two hours after being rushed to MGM Medical College and Hospital, could not be identified till the filing of this report.
According to what eyewitnesses told police, the mishap took place around 12.30pm. The three were returning from a wedding in Seraikela and the bike was at break-neck speed. When the rider saw the mini-truck, which was also in high gear, coming from the opposite direction, he lost control and rammed into the vehicle.
A team from Kandra police station, led by assistant sub-inspector R.P. Singh, reached the spot within minutes and rushed all three to hospital by 1.30pm. Bhim and Chotu were declared brought dead.
Sub-inspector T.P. Kushwaha said all three victims succumbed to head injuries. “They were speeding and were without helmets. We are yet to ascertain whether they were under the influence of alcohol as well,” he added.
Seraikela-Kharsawan SP Upendra Kumar said the trio might have survived if they had helmets on. “We conduct awareness programmes on the need to wear helmets, but people don’t listen,” Kumar said, adding that Monday’s fatal accident was a grim reminder of what ignoring road rules can lead to.
According to Kushwaha, the mini-truck belonged to CRPF’s 7th Battalion, which has its headquarters in Adityapur.
It is used to carry foodgrains for paramilitary forces posted in various camps in Seraikela-Kharsawan and East Singhbhum districts.
The police officer said that although the two vehicles had been seized, the driver of the truck had managed to escape.
The bodies of Bhim and Chotu have been shifted to MGM Medical College mortuary for post-mortem, while that of the third victim is still being kept at the hospital emergency for identification.