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2 killed, scores injured in truck accident
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Feb. 2011 1:35 AM IST
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Two persons were killed and several injured, five of them critically, when an over speeding truck, in which they were travelling, turned turtle outside SM college here Friday at around 10 p.m.
According to eyewitnesses, the rice-laden truck (NL-07 A 2631), coming from firing range godown, with at least 25 persons on it, turned turtle and fell over hot bitumen, left for road repair, killing two persons on the spot and leaving scores injured, five of them critically.
The driver of the truck, in inebriated condition, was about to flee when the public apprehended and handed him over to west police station.
All the injured were immediately rushed to Civil Hospital, Dimapur for medical attention.
The dead bodies were retrieved by the public with much effort as the bodies were stuck with bitumen inside the nullah. The bodies were sent to Civil hospital morgue.
The deceased were identified Dhanjay, around 27-year-old and Shushil, around 24-year-old.
The driver identified as one Munna (21) confessed that the rice was loaded at Firing Range godown and was being transported to Tinsukia, Assam. The rice reportedly belonged to certain Maruti Trading company in Dimapur. There were about 300 bags worth several lakh of rupees.
Speaking to the injured at civil hospital, they confessed that one person incharge at the godown had served alcohol to the driver and some labourers. He also said that the in charge had the habit of serving drinks to everyone at the godown.
A police personnel on condition of anonymity alleged that the rice bags (of Nagaland quota) may have been transported to Assam which he said was illegal.
It maybe noted that in Nagaland especially Dimapur and Kohima, during such accidents there are no ambulance services available to take the injured people to hospitals.

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