30 January 2020
Puri: One person was killed and over 25 people were injured when a passenger bus rammed into a tourist bus near Marine Drive Eco Retreat here today.
At about 12 pm today, both the buses were crossing the Eco Retreat when the tourist bus all of a sudden came to a halt, said the sources. The passenger bus called ‘Solopuamaa Maa’ coming from Kakatpur towards Puri failed to apply its brakes on time and rammed into the tourist bus which injured more than 25 passengers.
The driver of the bus, identified as Nayagarh’s Arjun Mahakud, suffered the maximum brunt. In an injured state, he was trying to flee when a few passengers caught hold of him and reportedly thrashed him. However, Mahakud was later taken to Puri District Headquarter Hospital (DHH) where he to his injuries before reaching. The doctor declared him ‘brought dead’. His body has been sent for autopsy.
The injured patients were rushed to Puri DHH for treatment; some of them had to be rushed to Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar as their condition worsened. There are several minors who got injured in the accident.