Tourist bus falls off Dhauli, 36 injured

Bhubaneswar: In an unfortunate incident, 36 passengers were injured, some of them critically, after a tourist bus they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell off the Dhauli hill, on the outskirts of the city on Tuesday morning.

All the injured have been rushed to Capital hospital. “Six of them, who sustained injuries in head, have been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital for better treatment. Seven have been admitted here and are under observation. Others were administered primary treatment. Their condition is stable”, Health director Kailash Das said. Those who sustained minor injuries were discharged after primary treatment, he added.

Khurdha Collector rushed to Capital hospital and enquired about the health condition of the tourist from neighboring state.

The bus carrying around 65 tourists including four children and some women from Medinapur of West Bengal came to Dhauli from Puri. The passenger-laden vehicle lost control while returning from the top of the Dhauli hill due to brake failure and overturned.

Passersby and some other tourists tried to block the road after brake failure, but failed. Fire brigade and police personnel rushed to the spot and rescued the injured by breaking the windows of the vehicle with the help of locals.

“Fire control room received a phone call at around 7.45 am about the mishap. Immediately, the fire officials rushed to the spot will all equipment and swung into action. The tourists were shifted immediately to the hospital by fire vehicles, PCR van and ambulance vehicles”, Assistant Fire officer Ramesh Chandra Sethy said.

The overturned bus was later lifted by cranes. One of the two drivers sustained injuries while another driver is absconding.

Meanwhile, State government has declared free treatment for all injured. Capital Hospital authorities have also opened a helpline – 0674-2391983- for inquiries related to the injured admitted in the hospital.