In the second such incident in less than a month, 13 children and a pregnant woman accompanying them were injured when a high-tension power cable fell on a school bus at Baseri near Dholpur, about 350 km from Jaipur, on Friday. At least three students were seriously injured.
The accident brought back memories of the June 16 tragedy when a high tension power cable fell on a bus ferrying a marriage party in Tonk, electrocuting 16 people.
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While 10 of the injured students are being treated in Dholpur, the three seriously injured have been rushed to Agra.
Sources said that when the 11 KV power cable scraped the top of the bus, electric current ran through the vehicle, causing the wheels to catch fire. The 45 children travelling in the bus panicked, but most of them managed to alight in time, thereby averting a major tragedy.
“No one has been arrested. It was an accident,” Rajendra Prasad Khoth, a Rajasthan police official from Dholpur said.
“The woman accompanying the students showed courage and helped some of them out,” he added. Energy minister Pushpendra Singh visited the injured children and ordered a probe. Dholpur MLA Rani Silautia visited the spot with officials of the electricity department, but no case had been registered till the filing of this report.