Durgapur News Desk, 13 June 2017: In a devastating road accident in Panagarh, adjacent to the industrial town of Durgapur, two persons were killed and 16 others injured. Conditions of at least four passengers are reported to be critical.
The incident occurred yesterday at around 7:15 am, when a Purulia-bound South Bengal State Transport Corporation bus from Calcutta collided with a stone-carrying dumper on National Highway 2 over the Panagarh Rail Over Bridge.
The two persons killed in the bus accident were identified as Saikat Das, 35, a resident of Asansol, and Pradip Adhikary, 45, a resident of Diamond Harbour in South 24-Parganas.
Eyewitnesses account suggests that the SBSTC bus driver took the wrong lane of the highway after it reached near the Panagarh railway over bridge and rammed into the stone carrying dumper. The bus after the head-on collision virtually rebounded at least 50 metres back. The front portion of both the vehicles was mangled badly. Condition of the right side of the bus was beyond recognition.
Residents rushed to the spot and started rescuing the passengers before the police came in. The injured were taken to a private hospital at Rajbandh, where doctors declared two persons dead on arrival. Six others were admitted to the critical care unit while the others were sent to Durgapur Sub Divisional hospital. Most of them were released in the afternoon after primary treatment.
Additional District Magistrate (Development) of the newly formed Burdwan West district, Mr. Sankha Santra rushed to the private hospital at Rajbandh, where the injured were admitted. He assured all sorts of cooperation and help from administration for the injured passengers.
The driver of the SBSTC bus, Bikas Digar has been injured badly and is admitted at the ICU of the private hospital in Rajbangh. The driver of the dumper is admitted at the Durgapur Sub Divisional hospital.
Nearly two months back, three persons were killed just 200 metres from yesterday’s accident site, when a bus and a truck collided.