In a tragic mishap, as many as seven labourers were killed after a hyva truck hit a bus on Jharsuguda-Sambalpur Biju Expressway on Friday. While several others were also injured in the mishap, the health condition of as many as 13 persons is said to be critical. All of them have been admitted to Burla Hospital in Sambalpur.
As per reports, the ill-fated bus was carrying over 60 labourers from the JSW plant in Thelkuli to Jharsuguda around 7pm in the evening when the accident occurred. A coal-laden truck came from behind near Sarbahal and after hitting two cows, it jumped over the road divider and hit the bus.
Several locals rescued the injured and rushed them to Jharsuguda Government Hospital.
Speaking about the accident, Jharsuguda SDPO, Nirmala Mohapatra said, "Employees of JSW plant boarded the bus. The truck hit the bus in which as many as 15 people were injured. The injured were immediately rushed to the hospital. The injured people are undergoing treatment as of now."
Meanwhile, Jharsuguda Collector Saroj Samal expressed his grief over the tragic incident. He said, "Irresponsible driving of the truck driver caused this mishap. Around 18 have been discharged after primary treatment while six others who sustained critical injuries have been moved to VIMSAR and four are undergoing treatment at DHH. Some other injured are undergoing treatment at another hospital and their condition is stated to be stable."
Further, the Collector assured that the injured will receive treatment free of cost and district administration will bear all the treatment expenses. "Proper arrangements will be made for the best possible treatment of the injured. A team of specialist doctors have been appointed for their treatment and immediate steps are taken for treatment as per the requirement," he added.