Seven candidates of a recruitment exam were among eight killed when the SUV they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck in Taljhari, 40km from Dumka district headquarters and 300km from here, early on Sunday morning.
An eighth candidate is battling for life at a Durgapur hospital in neighbouring Bengal.
While the SUV driver was killed on impact with six of his passengers, another youth died in hospital. All were aged between 25 and 40 years. The truck driver and his helper fled.