Of the passengers who were declared brought dead at Shaktinagar District Hospital, six have been identified as Nizamuddin Mondal (63), Benazir Bibi (45), Rehana Bibi (42), Rezauel Mondal (42), Bishakha Biswas (48) and Khushi Haldar (6).
Local residents said the bus was a mangled heap after the accident, with bodies scattered over the mountain slope and the injured crying for help. They said it was extremely difficult to carry them back to the road.
National Transit Agency chief Pablo Calle ordered the suspension of the vehicle’s operator, saying the bus had not been properly inspected and “never should have been on Ecuadoran roads.” Health Minister Veronica Espinosa said that of the 30 injured, 16 had been released and 14 were hospitalised, one of them in intensive care.
Parents associations blame the Chandigarh administration for ‘not listening’ to them and allege that school managements were not completely implementing the safety guidelines laid down by CBSE and also the UT administration.
The injured have been shifted to the Ahmednagar district civic hospital
The police said that the mishap took place due to the negligence of the driver. The person who was reportedly driving the bus at that time fled from the spot following the accident Khunti sub-divisional officer Pranav Pal added.
The bus was going from Konkan to Borivali.
The bodies have been sent to Sadar hospital for post-mortem while injured have been rushed to the Jhanjharpur PHC for treatment.
The incident occurred on Monday.
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Chief Minister Raman Singh expressed grief over the incident Wednesday night.
Police said the bus carrying 38 passengers of Bharati Gananatya, a local jatra group, went off the hilly road and plunged into a 200-250 feet gorge at Tilebani Gayala ghat.
The bus, which was carrying 57 passengers, appeared to have hit a guardrail of the AP7 highway before cartwheeling across the road, slamming through a divider and landing on its side.
A while later, he found himself trapped in the mangled bus which was resting on its head after skidding off the road and doing two somersaults near Luvara village in Savarkundla taluka of Amreli on February 13.
Saiyed added that the bus had done only six lakh kilometres so it was considered “fit” and only after completing eight lakh kilometres they are scrapped.