IN a fatal accident, one person died and several others were injured when a passenger bus fell down a bridge in Kalahandi district on Wednesday. The incident took place near Thuamul Rampur.
Identity of the deceased is yet to be ascertained. The overcrowded bus was on its way from Bhawanipatna to Gopinathpur and near Thuamul Rampur weekly market, a large number of persons had boarded the vehicle. The accident took place at 4.30 pm when the bus driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a sharp curve on the hilly road and fell down the bridge.
As many as 50 passengers sustained injuries and condition of six of them is critical. While the critically injured patients have been shifted to Bhawanipatna Government Hospital, those with minor injuries are undergoing treatment at Thuamul Rampur Hospital.
Rescue operation was carried out till late in the night by locals and police.Three ambulances were sent to the spot from Bhawanipatna Government Hospital to bring the injured persons to Bhawanipatna. Collector R Manek said the bus was overcrowded which led to the mishap.