Eight students from a Kolkata based english medium school had a close brush with death when an oil tanker hit their car pool while the kids were on they way back home. Five of them were injured in the crash, and rushed to a nearby private hospital.
They were all released after being provided with primary treatment. The incident took place at the Betor crossing, under the jurisdiction of the Shibpur police.
"The empty oil tanker hit the car from the back. The driver has been arrested and we have seized the tanker," said a senior officer of the Howrah city police.
"I was sitting in the back seat along with four others. The tanker hit the rear side of our vehicle when it was taking a sharp U-turn. We all fell on each other due to the sudden jerk. My close friend received a head injury and I hurt my right wrist," said Saharsh Agarwal, a class IV student.
"I was informed of the matter over the phone and I brought my son back after he was treated," said Meena Agarwal, Saharsh's mother.
Soon after the incident, locals started a rescue operation and took all the students by taxi to the clinic.
"I was returning after attending a political meeting in Kolkata. When I was crossing the spot I saw an assembly of people and the damaged car. The students were all traumatised and one of them was bleeding. We took all of them to the clinic. By then the police also reached the spot," said Arup Bhattacharjee, a Trinamool Congress youth wing leader.