In a tragic incident, five roadside vegetable vendors, including four women, were run over by a truck loaded with shredded bamboo on the Shillong by-pass in Meghalaya on October 17, police said.
A police official said that the driver of the ill-fated truck bearing fled away from the site soon after the accident.
Superintendent of police, East Khasi Hills district, Sylvester Nongtnger said the accident occurred at Thangshalai, Shillong by-pass.
On reaching Umkhen bridge at Thangshalai, the truck dashed against another dumper truck and subsequently hit the five persons, identified as Balarihun Kharkongor (27), Gracefully Nongbri (23), Banteibha Bina (20), Shantilang Nongbri (28) and Korbarsing Kharduid (52), he said.
“All of them were from Thangshalai village under Mawryngkneng Police Station. Four (women) died on the spot while one person died on the way to hospital. The driver fled away and necessary action is being taken to apprehend the driver,” Nongtnger said.
He said senior police officials have visited the accident site to take stock of the situation and a case is being registered at Mawryngkneng Police Station.