Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday condoled the death of 16 people in a bus accident in Odisha and said his thoughts were with their families as well as over
30 people injured in the mishap. “Bus accident in Odisha’s Angul district is heart- rending. My thoughts & prayers are with the bereaved families & injured,” he tweeted.
The mishap took place this morning near Deulijhari when the bus from Boudh to Athamallik fell from a bridge at Puruna Manitri, DGP K B Singh said. While 14 were killed on the spot, 7 others died in the nearby hospital. . Another 30 have been admitted to hospitals in nearby Angul town and Cuttack. Among the injured, at least 15 are stated to be serious.
An eyewitness, Arun Behera, said the driver was talking over phone when a kid riding a bicycle suddenly came from the opposite side. “The driver suddenly took a left turn and broke off the bridge railings,” said Behera.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced ex-gratia assistance of Rs 2 lakh for the next of the kin of the deceased. Odisha has the highest road accident rate among all the states. National Crime Records Bureau statistics say 4,303 people died in road accident last year while 4299 persons died due to same in 2014.
With PTI inputs