Rourkela, Sept 6 (LocalWire): Twenty-two people were hurt, four grievously, when a bus collided with a truck owing to low visibility due to heavy rains on NH 143 late in the night on Thursday near Kuanrmunda, 22 kilometres from here.
The government bus, carrying 35 passengers was travelling from Jhurmur, near Biramitrapur, to Rourkela. The driver lost control on a curve and rammed against a truck coming from the opposite direction.
The impact was so strong that it could be heard five hundred metres away. ‘The bus crossed me some five hundred meters back as I had stopped due to rain. I heard a loud sound like an explosion. After the rain receded I saw the accident,’ said Radhemohan Singh, a resident of Biramitrapur.
Locals arrived and began rescue operations. The injured, including the bus driver, were taken to the local government hospital at Rourkela. The condition of the driver is reported to be serious, sources in Rourkela Government Hospital here said.
Meanwhile, the officer-in-charge of Kuanrmunda outpost Ananda Chandra Majhi said, ‘police reached within no time and joined the rescue operation. We sent the injured to different hospitals in private and police vehicles.’
Off late, the road near Kuanrmunda has become very dangerous with young bikers using the extremely busy highway as stunt practice grounds.
Locals have made several complains to the police but to no avail.
Meanwhile, in another accident, two people died and two were left with serous injuries as a car fell into a ditch near Badagaon, some seventy kilometres from here on the Bamra Road.
The Ford Eco Sport car was on its way to Sundergarh and the driver lost control at a bend and slipped into a fifteen-metre ditch.
One died on the spot while another succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The other two are battling for their lives in the hospital.