Two students in Chinsurah pool car accident critical, govt will issue directives for schools

Two of the three students who fell into a canal in Chinsurah of Hooghly district on Friday while travelling by a pool car are critical, doctors at SSKM Hospital said on Monday. Rishab Singh and Priyangshu Bhakat fell into a canal along with several other children as the pool car they were in fell into a narrow canal. The children – trapped inside the vehicle – were rescued by local people.

Pool cars are known to flout speed restrictions and are a cause of concern for the safety of children. On Monday, another speeding pool car carrying students collided with a two-wheeler in Ultadanga injuring the rider. None of the students was injured however.
The two children injured in the Chinsurah accident are in a critical condition due to mud and slush entering their lungs. They have been put on ventilation.
After the incident, pool cars across the state have come under scrutiny of the administration. State education minister Partha Chatterjee directed all schools to maintain records of fitness certificates and other relevant documents of pool cars.

Officials of the state transport and education departments have called a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the steps to be taken in the matter. A list of directives to be followed will be sent to all schools from the education department, officials said.
Police in various districts have started checking school pool cars from Monday for documents relating to the vehicles’ fitness certificates etc to ensure the safety of students.

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