Four killed, 36 hurt as bus falls off bridge in Odisha

Four killed, 36 hurt as bus falls off bridge in Odisha

Angul Superintendent of Police Kavita Jalan said the bus carrying at least 45 passengers was on its way to nearby Athamallick from Angul. "We rushed to spot after hearing the sound of the bus falling from the bridge and rescued the people", said an eyewitness Ranjit Pradhan.

The injured were immediately rescued from the spot and rushed to the Angul District Headquarters Hospital, from where more than 20 seriously injured passengers were again shifted to the SCB hospital. They will be shifted to Shri Ramachandra Bhanj Medical College in Cuttack. It is unclear whether he was dead or alive. The incident occurred on NH-55 after the bus collided with a motorcycle. The driver lost control of his bus, while allowing the bike to pass on.

He also directed the local RTO to inquire into the accident.

This is the second major accident in the district in a span of two months after 19 people were killed in a road accident at Manitri of Athmallick.

Talking about the treatment of the injured patients, Samal said arrangements are being made to provide free treatment to all injured patients. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed condolences and announced an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each to the families of the deceased.

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