Bhubaneswar: It was sheer God’s grace on the eleven injured, including an eight-month-old baby, who got a new lease of life after being rescued from the mangled remains of a bus that fell into a 300-ft gorge at Gailo ghat on Sunday evening.
Laxmipriya Patel, an injured artiste of the opera troupe that was travelling in the ill-fated bus, said, “ I was sitting in the middle seat. I was sleeping when the accident occurred. Though my baby was in my lap, I found myself on the ground.”
Laxmi Priya lost her husband and a five-year-old son in the accident.
Prahallad Pradhan, an injured electrician and part of the troupe, said, “I pulled out the baby and her mother from the damaged parts of the bus. Soon thereafter, I lost my sense.”
Notably, the bus carrying the Bharati Gananatya troupe fell into the gorge yesterday evening killing 27 persons on the spot and severely injuring eleven others.
The accident was so severe that the bus turned into pieces of steel and iron in a matter of minutes. The bloodied bodies were scattered all over the place while others were grievously injured.
The eleven injured were initially admitted to the Deogarh district hospital but were later shifted to the Burla hospital.