Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vehicle hit by falling boulders in South Sikkim

Namchi: The Driver of a tipper (truck) survived luckily when falling heavy boulders hit his vehicle at 12th Mile between Namchi-Jorethang stretch. The Truck bearing SK 03/3689 belonging to one Anil Agrawal of Ravangla South Sikkim and driven by Prakash Chettri was heading towards Namchi from Jorethang with the load of cement. When it reached the spot at 12th Mile near Namchi at around 4:30pm Tuesday big rolling stones hit the front side of the truck.
The truck was heavily damaged but the driver suffered minor injuries. Hit by boulders, the loaded truck slided 10-15 ft. behind and the front glass of the vehicle went below the roadside. Being informed, a rescue team comprising of Namchi Police headed by O/C Sonam Detchu and SI BM Tamang, firemen from Namchi fire station and common people rushed to the spot and the driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, was rescued and sent to Namchi District Hospital. Continuous rainfall in the region is believed to have caused the falling of boulders.
In a similar incident Monday one Sonam Leghey Bhutia of Gerethang lost her life when the falling boulder hit a taxi SK 04/3290 near Tarku Zero Point, Simkharkha. Miss Sonam died on the spot while driver of the vehicle Harka Singh Subba was sent to Central Referral Hospital serious condition. At the time of accident there were eight passengers in the vehicle of whom six suffered minor injuries and were discharged from Temi PHC after the first Aid.