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Ambulance carrying four family members washed away by flood waters in Jharkhand

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In a heart-wrenching incident, an ambulance carrying four members of a family in it was washed away in Jharkhand‘s Lohardaga district by the flood waters of Koel river around 2 am on Wednesday.

The four members comprised a paralysed school teacher and three others, official sources said.

Another family member and the ambulance driver had a miraculous escape since they had disembarked from the vehicle to push it after its engine had stopped while crossing a bridge.

The six persons were on their way to Ranchi from Chainpur of Daltongunj in Palamau district in the ambulance, the vehicle developed a snag on the Sithoya bridge over Koel river, Superintendent of Police Karthik S told PTI.

The vehicle’s driver and the teacher’s son-in-law got down to push the vehicle and restart its engine. The river water was already overflowing. The water level increased further and washed the vehicle away with four members of the family in it, Vinod Kumar, deputy commissioner of police said.

The district administration reached the spot within 15 minutes with a crane and ropes, and started rescue operation but all efforts went in vain, Kumar said.

While the driver of the ambulance fled from the scene, the administration managed to rescue Rakesh Rajak, the patient’s son-in-law, he said.

Karthik also said that the family members of the patient, who was identified as Gopal Prasad, refused to get out of the vehicle leaving paralysed Prasad in the vehicle.

Besides Prasad, the victims who were washed away were identified as Shanti Devi (50), Kaushal Kishore (28) and Asha Priya (18).

The driver was reluctant to pass through the overflowing bridge but agreed to drive through it on the request of the Prasad family, he said.