Entire family of 7 dead in Burdawan accident - Kids, parents, grand parents, all dead on spot

At least seven persons, including three children and two women, of a same family were killed as a tar-filled tanker overturned and fell on a private car on Durgapur Expressway (NH2) near Rathtala area in Burdwan district of West Bengal on Wednesday morning, reports said.


According to reports, when a Howrah to Asansol bound sedan car was trying to overtake a tanker, the tar-filled tanker lost its control and fell on the vehicle at around 9 am.

The car was mangled under the tanker and covered with hot coal-tar, leaked from the tanker.

Later, fire and emergency services officials, one fire tender engine, police, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI)'s ambulances and rescue cranes rushed to the spot.

After being recovered from the car, seven passengers were taken to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, where all were declared brought dead.

"Deceased have been identified as Rajan Kumar, Reshmi Singh, Seshnath Singh, Nirmala Singh, two children, Anwesha Singh and Arabh Singh, and 13-year-old Riya Singh. They all were the residents of Golmohor area in Kolkata's neighbouring Howrah city," a senior official of Burdwan district police said.

"Nearly 42-year-old Rajan Kumar, who bought the car just two days ago, was an inspector of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and posted in Howrah division," the official added. This was their first and last ride.

Meanwhile, alleging delay in arrival of rescue teams, locals staged demonstration at the scene and police restored to mild lathicharge and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse agitators.

However, local police have seized the killer tanker while its driver is still absconding.

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A Maruti Ciaz, which had 7 people on board (including 3 children) was squashed under a tanker which was carrying hot molten tar. This resulted in the agonizing death of all on board. From the news report, it is known that one occupant, a child had survived the crash but couldn’t be removed due to the presence of the tanker on top of the vehicle, and he eventually passed away due to the fumes created by the tar. The owner of the car, a 42 year old RPF (Railway Protection Force) officer had bought the car just a few days before this gory crash. He was posted in the Howrah division.

Why was the crash caused?

According to the news report, eyewitnesses stated that this car, the Ciaz was driving in another lane, in the same direction as that of the tanker. The car overtook the tanker from the left and came right in front of it. Something then happened that made the Ciaz slow down drastically. The tanker driver, while attempting to avoid rear-ending the Ciaz lost control, and climbed onto the divider resulting in the tanker falling on the Ciaz, which by now on the side of the tanker.

Since the tanker was carrying tar, it leaked out of the truck causing it to spread inside the car. While the fire brigade and ambulances were called, it was only after a crane had lifted the truck were the officials able to extract the passengers on board. While the tanker has been seized, the driver is absconding.


The incident took place on the NH2, on the Durgapur Expressway near Rathtala area in Burdwan district of West Bengal. This took place on Wednesday morning.

Is there any way to prevent such accidents?

One thing you can do though is to be careful while overtaking such big trucks and tankers. Due to their massive weight and size, they take time to react. Any sudden move by them will result in the truck flipping over.Also, avoid overtaking from the left unless absolutely necessary.Always make sure the driver in front knows that you are overtaking and you don’t take him by surprise.


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