IMPHAL, January 18: At least five persons died and several others were critically injured in an accident at Baihatta Charli area of Kamrup, Assam at around 2.30 am today.
A Tata winger carrying 13 persons was coming from Siliguri to Assam en route Manipur when the vehicle was rammed by a heavy truck from the side. The accident occurred at a road bypass.
Sources said that there was a Meitei family of five among the passengers of the winger, and Nepalis residing at Kanglatongbi and Sekmai area.
Till the filing of this report, the family has been identified only as Raju, his wife and three children.
The wife is amongst the dead, their eldest daughter is in critical condition while the two sons are said to be out of danger although presently under medical treatment, further said the source.
The five dead could only be identified as three men and two women.
The critically injured four persons are presently hospitalized at Gauhati Downtown Hospital.
Another four persons are being treated at the Gauhati Medical College.
Some family members of the injured are presently on their way to Guwahati by road and is expected to reach there at around 11 pm today.