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TURA, Sept 11, 2017: Tragedy struck a group of passengers from Mankachar, Assam travelling to Tura when their Auto Rickshaw went and hit an electric post at Agillanggre, Tura on Monday killing five people and critically injuring others.
According to Peniwel T Sangma, District Home Guards Commandant, West Garo Hills District, the accident occurred close to Tura Home Guards Compounds at around 10:45 am on Monday when the auto rickshaw bearing registration no. ML08 C 9872 travelling downwards on a slope hit an electric post and turned turtle a couple of times before coming to rest at a concrete wall on the roadside.
While two passengers, one woman and a man were killed on the spot, thirteen others were rushed to the Hospital by the SDRF personnel in their rescue van. Mr. Sangma stated that out of thirteen victims who were rushed to the hospital, three consisting of two women and one boy succumbed to their injuries on the hospital. Ten injured passengers are presently receiving medical treatment at Tura Civil Hospital. The passengers were travelling from Mankachar district, Assam.
A total of 15 passengers were inside the auto rickshaw which was clearly overloaded. There were three men and eight women, while four of them were minors- two boys and two girls.
It was informed that when the accident occurred, the SDRF and Homeguards personnel were engaged in cleaning the compound of their office. Immediately, the SDRF and Homeguards personnel rushed to help the ill fated auto rickshaw and its occupants.
"This tragedy could have been worse had it not been for the prompt response of the SDRF and Homeguards personnel who were nearby the accident site and rushed to the spot, tending to the injured while also despatching the severely injured to Tura Civil Hospital," said Sangma.
The tempo was carrying 14 passengers (mostly women and children) when the accident occurred, including children.
The deceased were from the village of Bengarbhita, Kalapani under Mankachar PS in South Salmara in Assam. The deceased have been identified as Salima Khatun (35), Sajeda Begum (30), Saher Ali (45), Abdullah Hussain (3) and Kunsun Begam (50).
The injured victims have been identified as Ayub Hussain (7), Saidur Islam (7)Sahiul Islam (3), Jahanora Khatun (35), Alimuddin Sheikh (29), Asaf Ali (70), Sahima Begum (30), Mazima Bibi (28) and Moifful Begum (3).
SP of West Garo Hills Raghuvendra Kumar said, "The occupants of the tempo were on their way to Holy Cross Hospital and lost thier way and went to steep gradient road of Agilanggre, where the tempo speeded up due to break failure lost control and hit electric pole then unto a boundary wall, due to which the impact was severe".
Kumar informed that preliminary investigation suggest primary cause as break failure, contributory cause is overloaded vehicle. "A high level probe has been ordered regarding road safety and accordingly stringent measures will be instituted based on the outcomes of enquiry report", the SP added.