January 22, 2016 7:08:18 pm
A day after a school bus overturned and killed five persons in Junagadh district, another school bus fell off a causeway in nearby Gir Somnath district injuring 13 students and a teacher on Friday.
Police said that a private luxury bus carrying 54 students, three teachers and five cooks of a primary school of Rajkot district overturned after falling off a causeway near Vajdi village in Una Taluka of Gir Somnath at around 1:35 PM on Friday. Police said that heavy rains in the monsoon had washed away soil from the ends of the causeway and driver of the bus could not control the vehicle while negotiating a curve near it.
“Thirteen students and one teacher were injured in the accident. While the teacher sustained fracture in his hand, the students suffered minor injuries. They were rushed to General Hospital in Una town,” ML Damor assistant sub-inspector of Una police said.
Doctors at the Una hospital said that two students and the teacher had sustained serious injuries. “The teacher had a suspected fracture in his hand while two students had suspected head injuries. Therefore, we have referred them to Junagadh for further treatment. The remaining 11 patients had sustained minor injuries like abrasion. They were given primary treatment and discharged,” in-charge medical superintendent of Una General Hospital, Dr Tariq Bloch said.
Police said the students belonged to Juni Mengani village primary school in Kotda Sangani taluka of Rajkot district. They were on a two-day tour of Saurashtra. They were on their way from Tulshishyam to Somnath Temple in Gir Somnath when they met with the accident on the first day of the trip.
“From Somnath, we were to go to Junagadh on the second day. But we have decided to abandon the tour midway. Another bus from Gondal is reaching Vajdi by evening and we are returning home. All the students and teachers are safe and residents of Vajdi have cooked a meal for us,” Ashok Bhalodi, principal of the school said.
However, instead of going to Junagadh for further treatment, the teacher and two students who have sustained head injuries joined rest of the touring party in Vajdi. “We have decided that the teacher who has sustained fracture will be operated upon in Rajkot. Injuries to students don’t look serious and therefore we have not gone to Junagadh,” the principal further said.
Bhalodi added that all the persons on board the bus, including its driver and cleaners were safe. Una police said that the principal was reluctant to lodge any complaint, terming the incident a minor one.
Incidentally, three girl students and two women cooks of a school of Surat city were killed when their bus overturned near Keshod in Junagadh on Thursday. Those students were also on an educational tour. The accident had also left 18 students seriously injured.
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