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Dilip Kumar

Balasore: Over 20 passengers sustained injuries, some of them critically after a bus they were travelling in overturned on NH-16 near Soro in the district on Sunday.

The bus -Chakadola- carrying around 40 passengers including children was coming to Balasore from Bhubaneswar. The speeding vehicle lost control over the wheels and skidded off the road before overturning.

Passengers said that the driver was speeding the vehicle carelessly as another bus chased it from the behind to over take.

"A relative of the bus owner was sitting inside the bus. When I complained about such rash driving, he simply ignored saying another bus was following us. The speed of the vehicle seems to be beyond control," a passenger said.

Local police reached the spot and rescued the injured passengers before shifting them to Soro health centre.

However, no casualty has been reported.

Police seized the bus and launched an investigation.

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