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Basanti Highway crash kills biker

Police have tried to improve traffic management on the stretch by erecting speed-breakers and putting up signage

  • Published 21.07.19, 2:00 AM
  • Updated 21.07.19, 2:00 AM
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“There was a head-on collision between the bus and the two-wheeler around 8am. The motorcyclist suffered serious head injuries,” a traffic police officer said. “He was declared dead at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital. His wife suffered injuries and is undergoing treatment.” (Shutterstock)

A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a bus on Basanti Highway in Chowbhaga on Saturday morning.

Sujoy Bar, 28, a resident of Sahabad in the Dhapa area and his wife Rina, who was riding pillion, were wearing helmets at the time of the accident, police said.

“There was a head-on collision between the bus and the two-wheeler around 8am. The motorcyclist suffered serious head injuries,” a traffic police officer said. “He was declared dead at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital. His wife suffered injuries and is undergoing treatment.”

Officers of Pragati Maidan police station seized the bus but the driver fled.

The stretch of Basanti Highway where the accident occurred does not have a divider and has several sharp bends. There have been several accidents in the area, the police said.

A few days ago, a bus with passengers had veered off Basanti Highway after being hit by lorry. A major accident had been averted because of trees and shrubs along the road that prevented the bus from falling into a canal, the police said.

In February 2017, a Cognizant employee and the driver of the car he was in were killed in a collision with a bus near Bantala market.

The police have tried to improve traffic management on the stretch by erecting speed-breakers and putting up signage.

But accidents keep happening, mostly because of reckless driving and engineering fault on the stretch, the police said.