Ramakanta Biswas

At least two passengers were killed while 30 others were injured after a tourist bus fell off a bridge near Panchubati under Sadar police limits in Dhenkanal district on Monday. 

As per initial reports, the bus named Nilamadhab lost control and fell into a canal after breaking the bridge railing. 

The two persons who were killed in the mishap were women. The deceased have been identified as Renubala Jena and Bijayalakshmi Swain of Ichhapur village in Kendrapara district. 

All the injured were first admitted to Dhenkanal district headquarters hospital. Later, 15 of them were shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack as their condition deteriorated. 

Sources said there were 43 passengers in the bus who had gone for a tour to Bolangir and Sambalpur from Ichhapur village in Kendrapara district. 

The police have launched an investigation into the matter.

Reported by Rajashree Satapathy, OTV