Twenty students of Panchsheel Boys Inter College were injured when a truck hit their school bus on the expressway near the school around 7:40 am on Friday.
The injured were rushed to Yathartha Hospital at Bhangel. Four injured students were still in the hospital till late evening. “While most of the students suffered minor bruises and were discharged within an hour, the others who had suspected fractures were rushed to Kailash Hospital,” said a doctor.
Harshit Bisaria, a class IV student, who suffered fractures on both legs, told Hindustan Times, “I was sitting on the back seat. Suddenly I heard a loud bang and bus's back body ripped apart. I, along with some other students, fell on the road. It was then I found out that a speeding truck had hit the bus.”
His uncle Subhash Kumar told Hindustan Times, “The bus driver drives rashly. A day before the accident, Harshit had suffered an injury on his hand when the driver braked suddenly.”
“The way the bus was damaged indicates that its body might have rusted. Why the school used such a bus needs to be investigated,” said the father of another injured student.
“Who cleared such a bus has to be investigated. A technical expert team will inspect the bus and submit its report. Based on the report, action will be taken against the bus owner. Meanwhile, the truck has been seized but its driver was absconding till late evening,” said Deepak Sharma, station head officer, Noida Phase II Police Station.
School principal SV Singh assured the parents that all treatment expenses would be borne by the school.
“The accident took place due to the truck driver’s fault,” said Singh. Another injured student Rohit Gautam said, “Both the truck and bus were speeding when the accident took place.”
Kailash Hospital spokesperson VB Joshi said, “Besides Harshit, who has a head injury and fractures, three other students Vijay Pal Singh, Nakul Verma and Mohit Awana are still under observation at the hospital.”