Cuttack: In a tragic incident, a bus carrying 30 passengers fell from Mahanadi bridge near Jagatpur in Odisha’s Cuttack on Tuesday, resulting in the death of at least nine people. As per news agency ANI, the accident occurred after the bus hit a buffalo on the bridge, following which it veered off and plunged off the bridge. The animal also died in the accident and its body has been recovered, report said.
Several passengers have also been seriously injured in the accident, reports said. Rescue teams were present at the spot. District administration officials and local police have also reached the accident site, a news portal reported.
The injured were rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. Expressing his deep grief over the deaths, chief minister Naveen Patnaik asked minister Chandra Sarathi Behera to rush to the spot and oversee rescue and relief efforts. He has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to next of the kin of the deceased, and free treatment for those injured.
Odisha fire services director general BK Sharma said his men and local youth managed to pull out all the passengers from the bus which lay on the riverbed. “Rescue operations were hampered due to lack of light. Besides, it was difficult to approach the site by boat,” he said. Over 40 fire services personnel were pressed in rescue operation.