Cuttack: At least five persons were killed and 40 others injured when a private bus plunged 20-ft down from a bridge after hitting a biker near Tukuda on NH-55 in Angul district.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed condolences and announced an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each to the families of the deceased.
Superintendent of Police, Angul, Kavita Jalan said the bus carrying around 45 passengers was on its way to nearby Athamalick from Angul.
“After hitting a two-wheeler on the bridge, the bus swerved and plunged into the gorge snapping the bridge barricade,” she said.
Apart from one of the bus passengers, the bike rider and the pillion rider, who also were thrown into the gorge along with their vehicle, died on the spot.