19 Dead, 43 Injured After Bus Overturns on a Bridge in Odisha
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief and urged the Collector and SP to hasten the rescue operation.
Nineteen people were killed and 43 others critically injured when a bus carrying them fell off a bridge in Odisha’s Angul district on Friday.
The mishap took place near Deulijhari when the bus from Boudh to Athamallik fell from a bridge at Puruna Manitri, DGP KB Singh said.
So far, 19 persons have lost their lives in the incident.While 16 persons died at Athamallik, including 14 on the spot, three others succumbed during treatment at the district headquarters hospital at Angul.Dr Bidyadhar Sahu, Chief District Medical Officer
The injured were admitted to a hospital in Athamallik where the condition of many was stated to be critical. Angul District Collector Anil Kumar Samal rushed to the spot to supervise rescue operations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths in the accident on Twitter.
Expressing shock over the mishap, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the district administration and police officials to take immediate steps for medical treatment of the injured people.
The Chief Minister directed that the injured be provided medical treatment free of cost, officials said.
Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi said that an inquiry would be initiated to find the cause of the mishap.
It was not immediately clear as to how the bus fell off the bridge, but the driver appeared to have lost control over the vehicle, they said.
The death toll is likely to go up as the condition of some of the injured is stated to be critical, officials said.
(With inputs from PTI.)
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