Four students of Amrita Vidyalayam School in Bidhannagar of Durgapur suffered minor injuries after the bus in which they were travelling lost control and hit a roadside tree. The incident took place near Durgapur Project Limited (DPL) colony of Durgapur in the morning hours of yesterday (November 27) when the bus carrying the students was on its way to the school.
The injured were rescued by the locals of DPL Township and were rushed to DPL hospital. The driver and the helper of the bus fled immediately after the incident.
Eyewitness report suggests that the mishap occurred at around 6.30 am near the DPL INTUC office. The speeding bus carrying nearly 20 students rammed into a roadside Jamun tree while traveling from A-Zone to B-Zone of DPL Township.
The sudden incident took the students boarding the bus by surprise and they started screaming and shouting. Local residents rushed and rescued the students. Some of the injured were taken to the DPL Hospital from where they were released after giving first-aid. Injury of four of the students was comparatively more. However no one suffered critical injury.
The school authority of Amrita Vidyalayam School, a senior secondary English medium school affiliated under CBSE, sent three teachers to the spot where the mishap occurred to take control of the situation. However the bus that collided was not under direct control of the school authority and the school does not have much to do on the matter.
The police was informed about the incidents by local residents. The police later took the bus to the nearby Coke Oven police station. Police sources said that from preliminary evidence it appears that the incident took place due to brake failure. The police have called the owner of the bus for interrogation.