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Siliguri: Five persons have been killed in a road accident at Kumargram in Alipurduar this afternoon. Among the deceased are two children.

Police said that an auto-rickshaw was heading from Kamakhyaguri in Alipurduar to neighbouring Tufanganj in Cooch Behar. The auto-rickshaw was moving along Kamakhyaguri-Baxirhat State Highway.

At Chektimari village off Kumargram, a Maruti Van speeding down from the opposite end hit the auto-rickshaw head-on. The auto-rickshaw was flung onto a ditch by the roadside; the Maruti Van also got twisted.

Two children, who were in the auto-rickshaw, died on the spot. People from the nearby areas rescued the others and rushed them to Kamakhyaguri Rural Hospital where three more persons succumbed to the injuries.

Police suspect that poor visibility due to rain might have caused the accident that has claimed five lives. The five dead bodies have been sent to Alipurduar District Hospital for post-mortem.

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