Thursday, Jan 21, 2021 07:00 [IST]
Last Update: Thursday, Jan 21, 2021 01:30 [IST]
SILIGURI,: Fourteen people were killed and 18 others sustained injuries when a boulder-loaded truck collided with two vehicles along NH-31D near Jaldhaka river, Dhupgiri under Jalpaiguri district Tuesday night. The tragic mishap took place due to poor visibility.
The injured persons have been taken to Dhupguri health centre while those with critical injuries were shifted to North Bengal Medical College & Hospital. One victim succumbed to her injuries at the hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the eyewitness, a truck carrying boulders was passing on NH-31D and headed right towards Mayanaguri where it collided with a vehicle coming from other direction due to dense fog. Following the collision, the truck hit a divider. Another vehicle coming from the wrong side also rammed into the truck. Boulders from the truck further collapsed into these two vehicles.
Tourism minister Gautam Deb and North Bengal Development minister Rabindranath Ghosh visited the spot and also met the injured at the hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident. They also announced ex-gratia to the next of kin and injured people.
In a tweet, the Chief Minister said: “A tragic accident took place in Dhupguri. The State government has already announced compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh to the families of the 14 victims. We have announced to pay Rs 50,000 to the injured and Rs 25,000 to the slightly injured. Today I am sending Arup Biswas to the spot of the accident. Gautam Dev is also going accompanying him. They will look into the matter of compensation when they arrive at the spot.”
In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, “The road accident in Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri (West Bengal) is extremely anguishing. In this time of sadness, prayers with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. From the PMNRF, Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the accident in West Bengal. Rs. 50,000 each would be given to those injured.”