UDAIPUR: Four persons were killed and one critically injured after the jeep they were travelling in lost control and rammed into a tanker on the National Highway-8 near Parai village under Parsad police station. The victims were employees of the Public Works Department and were on their way from Udaipur to their office at Kherwada, police said. The incident took place around 11 am when the five men were going to their place of work. All of them lived in Udaipur city and daily made up -down rounds under pooling system.
Upper division clerks OmPrakash Daima and Jamnalal Gameti, lower division clerk Mohammed Tabrej, assistant administrative officer Mohammed Iqbal were among the dead while accounts officer Kailashchandra Bunkar has been admitted in the MB hospital in Udaipur. His condition is told to be critical. The accident took place reportedly due to failure of the jeep steering and the driver couldn’t control the speeding vehicle. The jeep hit the divider and overturned to the other side. A speeding tanker from front side collided with the jeep. The accident was so intense that the jeep was completely crumbled and two men on the front seats died on the spot while two died during treatment. The two bodies were badly crushed which were pulled out with the help of cranes, police said. Looking at the severity of the accident, it took much time to ascertain the actual number of travelers inside the vehicle. Later, the confirmation came from the PWD office when the staff didn’t turn up for duty.
Of the victims, two were residents of Ayad area and as the news of the accident spread, a pall of gloom descended the entire locality. Relatives rushed to the accident spot. The news also came as a big shock for the PWD staff in Udaipur who mourned the unfortunate incident. Later an official condolence was released by the Kherwada office mourning for the irrepairable loss to the government.