Three youths were charred to death and four others injured in a midnight road accident on Agartala-Sabroom highway at Amtali area near Tripura University.
The accident happened when a CNG driven passenger auto-rickshaw collided with a Maruti Alto. According to reports, as soon as the two vehicles collided, the CNG cylinder in the auto-rickshaw exploded and the vehicle was immediately engulfed in fire. Within a few seconds, fire spread to the car, causing its CNG cylinder to burst. A huge fire instantly devoured the two vehicles in the midst of national highway.
Unaware of the fire, a speeding bike crashed into the burning vehicles and was caught in the blaze immediately. A pedestrian was also injured in the accident. The intense heat from the massive fire prevented hundreds of people, who had gathered at the spot, from rescuing the victims. The rescue operations began after 15 minutes, when the firefighters reached the spot. However, by then three people had been burnt to death.
Two of the deceased were identified as residents of Shekerkot area of Bishalgarh. They were travelling back home by the ill fated auto-rickshaw from Agartala yesterday night. Police is yet to identify the third victim.
All four critically injured people were shifted to Agartala Government Medical College and a private super specialty hospital.However, they have been reportedly referred to a hospital outside the state for better treatment. Health Minister Sudip Roybarman and top leaders of BJP rushed to the hospitals. They assured government assistance to the injured for treatment.
After the terrifying road mishap, hundreds of vehicles including passenger cars and buses were stranded on both sides of the road, in the midst of the night, causing a massive traffic jam along the Agartala-Bishalgarh stretch of the national highway, which is one of the busiest roads in the state.
Police and fire fighters, cleared the debris and eased the traffic movement later in the night. The traffic is now moving smoothly along the stretch.
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