Tragedy struck in Kolhan division of Jharkhand as 13 ‘kanwariyas’ (pilgrims), including six women, were killed on the spot in a severe road mishap. Eleven others were injured as the vehicle on which they were travelling had a head-on collision with a truck at Daruda around 6.15 am under the Ichagarh police station area (between Tata-Ranchi) on NH-33 in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district, about 46-kms away from here on Friday morning.
Soon after the tragedy, the injured, three of them women, including an eight-year-old girl were rushed to MGM Medical College and Hospital from where they were shifted to Tata Main Hospital for treatment considering the grave situation. Condition of nine injured is said to be serious. According to information, the mishap victims were residents of Andar Bazaar in Siwan district of Bihar. They were returning home after a religious trip which began on August 6, in two separate pick-up vans, one of which met with the mishap.
Condition of the eight-year-old girl, Nandini Kumari is said to be very critical. She was bleeding and was rushed to the operation theatre for an urgent surgery at the TMH.The mishap took place when one of the vans that was filled with 24 devotees was hit head on with a speeding truck from the opposite direction at Daruda village, causing 13 of them to die on the spot. When the mishap took place, the other van, carrying as many passengers had gone ahead.