Tinsukia: A 31-year-old ambulance driver, who was returning after delivering swab samples for COVID-19 tests at the designated laboratory of Indian Council of Medical Research in Assam’s Dibrugarh, died, while another person sustained injuries, after the vehicle he was driving dashed into a culvert on the national highway at Namsai district in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.
The deceased has been identified as Sangpula Tayo, who was attached to the zonal general hospital at Tezu in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh. Tayo was a skilled contingency driver. He was brought critically injured to Namsai Hospital but later succumbed to his injuries. Tayo is survived by his wife, mother, brother and a minor child. He was engaged in COVID-19 duty since April 18, sources said.
Taking to EastMojo, Namsai superintendent of police Ankit Singh said that around 6 am they were informed that a Chowkham-bound ambulance met with an accident near the Tengapani reserve forest area at Namsai. “During preliminary investigation, it was learned that the ambulance dashed into a culvert due to rash and negligent driving,” he said.
“The driver and Sonu Kumar, who was accompanying him, sustained severe injuries and were taken to the civil hospital in Namsai,” Singh said, adding: “Tayo succumbed to his injuries, while Kumar has been referred to Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh.”
Singh said a case under Sections 279, 338 and 304A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered.
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu has expressed sorrow over the loss of the COVID-19 warrior in t tragic road accident.
Conveying his condolences to the bereaved family members, Khandu said the state and its people were with the bereaved family during the trying times. He also assured them support from the government.
“Late Sangpula Tayo is survived by his wife, mother, brother, and a minor child. He has been engaged in COVID-19 duty since April 18, 2020,” a press release issued by the chief minister’s office said. “Khandu directed the deputy commissioner of Lohit to process the ex-gratia relief to the bereaved family members,” it added.