Five missing in West Bengal car accident

August 17th, 2008 - 4:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 17 (IANS) Five people went missing after a car fell into the Teesta River in Darjeeling district of West Bengal Saturday night, the police said. A Maruti van carrying six passengers, all of them locals, was coming from Sikkim when it lost control and fell into the Teesta River at Rangpo on the West Bengal-Sikkim border, Inspector General of Police (North Bengal) K.L. Tamta told IANS Sunday.

“Five people went missing in the car accident,” he added.

He said the police had begun a search operation in the area from Sunday morning.

“One passenger survived. He was admitted to a local hospital,” he added.

Tamta said the car fell into the river after crossing the Rangpo check post.

Rangpo, a small town located in east Sikkim, borders West Bengal and is situated along the river Teesta.

“So far, we have got no information about those five missing passengers,” Tamta said.

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