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Kolkata: A police officer has died in an accident at Sonarpur on the southern fringes of Kolkata while saving a woman who suddenly appeared in front of his motorcycle.

The accident took place around 7.30 today morning at Sonarpur’s Barendrapara area. Sub-inspector Rajesh Das (45) posted at Sonarpur police station was driving down on a motorcycle from Garia to the police station.

As Das was passing by Barendrapara, he overtook a brick-loaded lorry only to find a woman suddenly crossing the road in front of his motorcycle. To avoid hitting the woman, the police officer applied a hard brake.

Since the road was wet due to the morning mist, the motorcycle skid on the road and Das was run over under the rear wheel of the lorry that he had just overtaken.

Local residents rushed to nearby Subhasgram Rural Hospital in a critical condition, from where he was sent to a private nursing home on EM Bypass in Kolkata. Das breathed his last at the nursing home minutes after reaching.

Police have confiscated the lorry that mowed dead the officer. The driver managed to escape.