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Business News/ News / India/  Odisha news: 5 killed, 38 injured in Jajpur bus accident; Bengal govt extends assistance
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Odisha news: 5 killed, 38 injured in Jajpur bus accident; Bengal govt extends assistance

A passenger bus fell from a flyover in Odisha's Jajpur area, killing five people and injuring several. The bus was travelling from Puri towards West Bengal. The injured were shifted to SCB Medical College in Cuttack.

Passengers try to exit the bus after it fell down from a flyover, in Jajpur, Monday, April 15, 2024. Several people suffered injuries. (PTI Photo)Premium
Passengers try to exit the bus after it fell down from a flyover, in Jajpur, Monday, April 15, 2024. Several people suffered injuries. (PTI Photo)

As many as five people were killed and several injured after a passenger bus fell from a flyover in Odisha's Jajpur area on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, said police, adding that the vehicle was travelling from Puri towards West Bengal.

The incident took place around 9 pm on Barabati bridge on National Highway-16, when the bus with about 47 passengers was en route to West Bengal from Puri, police said. 

Calling it an ‘unfortunate incident’, Jajpur SP Vinit Agarwal said, “This unfortunate incident happened with a bus which was going from Puri towards West Bengal, there were around 47 passengers on the bus."

“Four men and a woman have died in the accident. Around 40 people were injured, and they were taken to Cuttack SCB Medical College," said Tapan Kumar Naik, Inspector in-Charge of Dharamshala Police Station as quoted by newswire PTI.

Police stated that the driver lost control over the vehicle which resulted in the accident.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the deaths and announced an ex gratia of 3 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased.

“I am saddened to know about the passenger bus accident in Barbati Street area of ​​Jajpur district. I pray for the immortal soul of the deceased and express my condolences to their families. Also, I wish all the injured a speedy recovery," the chief minister wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday expressed grief over the bus accident in neighbouring Odisha and said her government would provide assistance to those affected in the mishap.

“Sad to know about the death and injuries of several passengers in a tragic bus accident in Jajpur district of Odisha last night…beds have been reserved in Medinipur Medical College. Compensation will be paid to the next of kin of the dead and the injured as per rules," Banerjee posted on X.

Transport Commissioner Amitav Thakur said the bus was bound for Haldia in West Bengal. “We have formed a team of doctors for treatment. The injured, including women and children, are being brought to Cuttack with the help of 16 ambulances. The rescue operation has ended as the bus was lifted with a crane."

Nikhil Pavan Kalyan, Collector and District Magistrate of Jajpur, said gas cutters were used to cut through the metal and rescue the passengers from the bus.

SP Vinit Agrawal added that the deceased are yet to be identified and that most of the passengers hailed from West Bengal.

 

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 16 Apr 2024, 06:29 AM IST
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