16 killed, 30 unjured in bus accident in Odisha

Bus Accident

At least 20 people, including some college girls and women, were killed and 30 injured, some of them critically, when a passenger bus carrying them fell off a bridge near Puruna mantra in Odisha's Angul district Friday.

The mangled remains of the bus that met with an accident in Angul district of Odisha on Sept 9, 2016. They added that the death toll is likely to increase because the condition of some of the injured persons is stated to be critical. While four persons died in Athmallick hospital, three others succumbed in Angul hospital. The bus fell off the old Manitri bridge after the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle. Director General of Police KB Singh flew to Athmallick and Angul to take stock of the situation and ensure air-lifting of the injured.

"A probe has been ordered into the mishap", the official said.

The chief minister directed that the injured be provided medical treatment free of cost, officials said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted to express their shock and grief over the accident.

In a related development, out of 22 critically injured undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, five have been shifted to the ICU.

DGP Singh said police, fire brigade and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force personnel have been engaged in the rescue operations and shifting of the injured persons.

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