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4 die, 10 injured in Phek road mishap

Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/8/2018 11:42:39 AM IST

At least four persons died and ten others suffered injuries when a Bolero pickup in which they were travelling met with an accident in Phek district on Monday. 

The accident took place about four kilometers away from Leshemi village towards Kohima on Monday morning between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

When contacted, one of the Leshemi villagers said the vehicle carrying the passengers from Leshemi village was on its way to carry out “bee hunting” for fund drive. On their way, the occupants of the vehicle picked some villagers including a woman, who were also on their way to the field.

Though the exact cause of the accident could not be ascertained, it was suspected to be due to brake failure.

The villager said two persons died on the spot while another two succumbed to injuries on the way to the hospital.

The ten injured persons have been brought to Kohima and admitted at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK). Among the injured, two of were reportedly in serious condition and have been kept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while the rest were out of danger. Further details could not be ascertained till the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, despite several attempts, SDPO Pfutsero could not be reached. 

Leshemi villagers alleged that though Khezhakeno police station was barely 7-8 km away from Leshemi village, the police failed to rush to the spot immediately in order to take stock of the situation. The villagers said police personnel had reached the spot only in the evening after the injured persons were taken to Kohima and the bodies safely taken to the village. 

Meanwhile, the villagers have expressed gratitude to the passersby who helped in rescuing the injured and recovering the bodies.

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