Patna: Tragedy struck in Patna on late Monday evening when a private bus carrying at least 72 people to a wedding event lost control and fell more than 20 feet in a ditch killing a dozen passengers and injuring at least 30 others.
The incident occurred around 8:00 pm near Kantap-Gopalpur embankment under Gaurichak police station at the outskirts of the state capital.
The bus was going from Abdullachak village to Babhaul village near Punpun when the driver lost control of the wheel allowing the bus to roll over the embankment and fell more than 20 feet below in the mud.
Officials reported the driver was able to eject himself out of the bus and disappear.
People from the nearby villages rushed to pull survivors from the wreckage. At least four were dead on the spot while eight others died either at the hospital or while being transported to the hospital, Gaurichak police station in-charge Sanjay Kumar said.
Injured were being treated at the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) where some remain in critical condition. The number of casualties could go up, hospital officials said.
Irate villagers then torched the bus to express their anger and demanded monetary compensation for the victims' families including a government job in the Nitish administration.
Authorities are investigating the accident and are also trying to establish the identity of the driver who, some survivors said, appeared to be drunk.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS