As many as eight girl students on board a bolero were injured after their vehicle suffered a fatal head-on collision with a motorcycle near Mahulapali square on Tarabha-Mendha road in Sonepur district on Tuesday.
At least four girl students who sustained serious injuries were admitted to Bhima Bhoi Medical College in a critical condition. The driver of the bolero and the biker also sustained wounds in the road accident.
As per reports, the Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya at Jamkani under Tarabha block doesn't have its own vehicle and has hired a bolero from a private owner to carry students to and from the school.
On Tuesday afternoon, as many as 12 students were returning to their homes after the school hour in the ill-fated vehicle when the mishap occurred. It is suspected that the driver lost his controls on the vehicle and it met with the accident near Mahulapali junction.
Upon receiving the information, Tarabha police reached the spot immediately and launched a rescue operation. All the injured students were shifted to Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Bolangir.
Tarabha police has registered a case into the incident and an investigation is underway.
(Edited by Suryakant Jena)