GANGTOK, November 5: A 45-year-old lady was killed and twelve others were injured when a Savari vehicle they were traveling from Rangpo to Rongli fell down some 100 feet from the Rangpo-Rongli road in East Sikkim today afternoon.
SDPO (Rongli) SK Sundas told the media over phone that the mishap took place at around 3:30 pm at Kali khola along the Rangpo-Rongli stretch.
The deceased has been identified as Passang Phutti Sherpa, 45, from Lingtam, Rongli. The driver, Lakpa Sherpa suffered head injuries and he has been rushed to a private clinic in Siliguri.
Two passengers, Wangchuk Sherpa (55) from Lingtam and a GREF employee Santosh Kumar (47) have sustained severe injuries and have been referred to STNM Hospital in Gangtok. The other passengers sustained minor injuries and were discharged after first aid at Rongli primary health centre.
It is informed that the vehicle (SK04-3147) had skidded into a ditch before plunging down the road.
Unconfirmed reports add that the driver was forced to skid into ditch while giving side to an army vehicle coming from the opposite direction.
A case has been registered at Rhenock police station against the driver.