Seven members of a family from Bihar, including an assistant commandant of the railway protection force (RPF), were killed when a tar filled tanker overturned and fell on a private car on the Durgapur Expressway near Rathala in Burdwan district of West Bengal on Wednesday morning.
All the deceased were residents of Badka-Lauhar village under Barhara police station of Bhojpur district of south-central Bihar. The assistant commandant, identified as Sheshnath Singh, was posted at the east central railway's zonal headquarters at Hajipur in north Bihar.
The others killed in the mishap were identified as Rajan Kumar, Reshmi Singh, Nirmala Singh, Anwesha Singh, Araav Singh and Riya Singh.
According to reports, the incident took place at around 9 am when an Asansol bound car, while trying to overtake a tanker carrying coal tar, hit the private car in which the deceased were travelling.
Locals told the police that, the car hit a roadside railing of the Kallol Nagar-Rathtala flyover after losing control and came under the tanker, which flipped under the impact and crushed the car killing all the passengers.
Police said all the passengers of the car were severely burnt as coal tar leaked from the tanker and swamped them. The seven passengers were somehow retrieved from under the tanker and rushed to Burdwan Medical College and hospital, where all were declared brought dead.
ECR security commissioner S N Singh said that Rajan, son of Sheshnath was posted in Howrah as RPF inspector. According to him, the assistant commandant along with son, wife, daughter, grandson and daughter-in-law, was killed in the accident.
Sources disclosed that 42-year-old Rajan, had bought the car only two days before the mishap and was returning from a visit to a Tarapeeth temple when disaster struck.