16 dead, 62 injured in tragic road mishap at Nongspung
Rash driving claims innocent church goers’ lives
Sixteen people lost their lives while 62 others sustained grievious injuries in a tragic road accident at Nongspung village located 11 kms from Nongstoin the district capital of West Khasi Hills District at 8.30am Sunday. The deceased hail from Nginiong, Mawbyrkong and Nongbudum villages under Rambrai constituency.
Police said the mishap occured when a speeding lorry (ML-06-4474) ferrying people attending the Synod service at Nonglang village veered off the road after the driver – Oldining Syiem loss control of the vehicle throwing the unsuspecting passengers into a deep gorge killing 12 on the spot while four others died in hospital.
Of the 16 deceased, nine are females police informed. They include Carefully Wahlang (13), Twelis Lyngkhoi (50), Shantidora Lyngkhoi (21) from Nginiong village, Queentimary Nonglang (16), Stralin Lyngkhoi (18) and Danisha Nonglang (21) of Mawbyrkong village. Male deceased include Trangborlin Nonglang (14), Roster Mawtyllup (38), Stanbor Phyllut (38) and Rikstar Paliar (55) of Nongbudum village, Phlaslaibistar Paliar (30) and Jejanstar Lyngkhoi (38) of Mawbyrkong village. Four others are yet to be identified till filing of this report.
West Khasi Hills SP, Silvester Nongtnger told that spot post morten was conducted on 12 deceased and the bodies were handed over to relatives while the remaining four will undergo post mortem at Nongstoin Civil Hospital.
57 of the injured were taken to Nongstoin Civil Hospital while 5 others to Markasa CHC he said while adding that subsequently some have now been shifted to Shillong Civil Hospital and NEIGRIHMS.
“It is utter negligence and rash driving by the driver,” Nongtnger said adding that preliminary inquiry and eye witness accounts of the survivors established the same.
Meanwhile state home minister HDR Lyngdoh has deep sorrow at the “tragic loss of precious lives in today’s accident at Nongspung”. Extending his condolences to the bereaved family members, Lyngdoh who is presently in Garo Hills has assured “proper action against those responsible for the mishap as per provisions of the law
The driver of the truck which resulted in the deaths of 17 people travelling in the back of the vehicle, has been booked for rash driving and negligently causing death, police said on Monday.
More than 60 people, including the driver Aldening Syiem, were injured in the incident, which occurred in West Khasi Hills.
Syiem, who has been admitted to hospital, has been booked under Section 279 (rash driving), 304A (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt endangering life), 338 (causing grievous hurt endangering life) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code.
The truck, used to ferry the 78 people, was used more commonly as a coal truck. On the way to a nearby village for a church service, the truck slammed into road railings and 12 died on the spot with a further five succumbing in hospital.