Tripura: Govt orders probe into road accident

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Agartala, Nov 16: The Tripura government has ordered a probe into the accident on National Highway 44 on Saturday, Nov 15 where at least nine persons, including a woman, were killed and 29 others sustained serious injuries.

State Transport Minister Manik Dey told mediapersons here on Sunday, Nov 16 that the state government had instituted an enquiry committee, headed by Deputy Transport Commissioner Shambhu Namo, and asked them to filed a complete report, including the license details of the drivers and traffic signals of the spot.

Mr Dey pointed out that recently the number of road accidents were increasing in the state and as many as 40 people had been killed in the past three months and apparent reasons were identified as rash driving and lack of traffic signals, adding the authorities would take appropriate measure soon after getting the report from the committee.

He also admitted poor enforcement against violation of traffic rules, overloading and rash driving on National Highway and said the traffic police had sometimes been overlooking the issues.

Referring to yesterday's accident, Mr Dey said a speeding Cruiser jeep, with 18 passengers, collided head on with a Commander jeep coming to Agartala from the opposite direction and just as the two jeeps overturned in the impact of the collision, another jeep coming from the western side lost control and rammed into the mangled remains of the two vehicles.

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