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8 killed, over 25 wounded in bus-van collision in Jharkhand’s Latehar

The head-on collision took place near Sikni village in Jharkhand’s Latehar district late Monday evening. Sikni is nearly 90 km from state capital Ranchi.

ranchi Updated: Apr 25, 2017 01:20 IST
Vishal Sharma
The van returning from a wedding function in Balumath collided head-on with the bus coming from the opposite direction.
The van returning from a wedding function in Balumath collided head-on with the bus coming from the opposite direction.(PTI File/ Representational Photo)

At least 8 persons were killed and more than 25 were injured, some of them critically, following a head-on collision between a bus and a van near Sikni village in Jharkhand’s Latehar district late Monday evening.

Both vehicles were carrying passengers returning after attending wedding ceremonies. Sikni is nearly 90 km from state capital Ranchi.

Witnesses said the van, which was overcrowded with people returning from a wedding function in Balumath, lost control while negotiating a turn and collided head-on with the bus coming from the opposite direction.

Police said the number of casualties could increase as rescue work with the help of locals continued late into the night.

The scene at the accident site was gory as bodies of passengers lay in pools of blood while the injured were screaming in pain.

Relief came late since it was dark and traffic generally decreases due to fear of Maoists along the route.

Thanks to the local people, some of the critically injured patients could be rushed to hospital before they collapsed due to profuse bleeding.

The patients were initially rushed to the Latehar Sadar hospital from where the critically injured were taken to Ranchi’s RIMS hospital.

Latehar police station officer in-charge Ramesh Prasad Singh and sub-divisional magistrate Varun Ranjan supervised the rescue operation.