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3 killed, 20 hurt as milk truck hits cars at Sikkim fair

The CCTV footage captured the moment when the cars were propelled into the fairgrounds following the collision with the milk tanker. The incident unfolded when the milk tanker lost control and crashed into the stationary vehicles.

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PTC News Desk: Tragedy struck at a fair in Ranipool, Sikkim, on Saturday, as a milk tanker collided with three parked cars, resulting in the death of three individuals and leaving 20 others injured. The horrifying incident unfolded when the milk tanker lost control and crashed into the stationary vehicles near the fairgrounds. The sheer force of the impact pushed the cars into the bustling fairground, where several attendees were tragically crushed beneath them.

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CCTV footage capturing the event revealed the harrowing moment when the cars were propelled into the fairground by the oncoming milk tanker. Witnesses who escaped injury rushed to aid those trapped under the vehicles, displaying acts of courage amidst the chaos.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the accident occurred due to a brake failure in the milk tanker, exacerbating the severity of the collision. The injured victims were promptly transported to the Central Referral Hospital for urgent medical attention, although the death toll may rise as authorities continue to assess the situation.

The fairground was teeming with visitors at the time of the mishap, as a lively 'tambola' game was underway. The sudden tragedy sent shockwaves through the community, underscoring the importance of safety measures and vehicular maintenance.

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The milk tanker involved in the accident bore the label of the Sikkim Milk Union, drawing attention to the need for heightened vigilance and adherence to road safety protocols to prevent such devastating incidents in the future.

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