In a tragic incident, one person died and 15 others were injured when a pickup van met with an accident after it skidded off the hilly road near Khanu village in Longding district on Sunday morning.
The person who was killed was the former gram panchayat member (GPM) and was identified as Gangngam Gangsa, a native of Khanu village, Arunachal Pradesh.
The ill-fated vehicle was carrying football and volleyball players and was on its way from Khanu to Wakka. Reportedly, the driver lost control over the steering wheel while negotiating a sharp turn on the hilly road at Langgau rooh.
The team Khanu was due to play against Team Chongkhau, in the ongoing Independence Cup football and volleyball tournaments, on Sunday.
One Pongshih Wangham, who survived the accident with minor injuries, said the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn.
He said that he was sitting next to the driver, along with a woman with her 6-month-old baby, when the incident occurred. The woman also received grievous injuries while protecting her baby.
The injured persons were given preliminary treatment at the Wakka PHC. The four critically injured persons have been referred to as Dibrugarh (Assam) for further treatment.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-08-12 1:21 PM