The death toll in Tonk bus accident reached 16 on Saturday, as one more person succumbed to the burn injuries at the Sawai Man Singh hospital.
Though it was reported on Saturday that the death toll was 16, it was actually 15 as there was some confusion over one death.
Tonk’s superintendent of police Deepak Kumar said, “There were 15 deaths on Friday and one more has succumbed to injuries at SMS Hospital Jaipur on Saturday and total deaths now stands at 16.”
Three people including a junior engineer, assistant engineer and a lineman were suspended from the electricity department in Tonk. On Friday, a bus carrying wedding party members had come in contact with a live wire near Sanh village in Tonk district. Fifteen persons, including eight children, were killed while 32 injured were shifted to SMS Hospital in Jaipur.
SMS Medical College principal and controller Dr US Agarwal said Dev Karan, 50, who had suffered fatal burns in the accident, succumbed to the injuries at the hospital in the morning. He died of multiple organ failure, said Dr Jagdish Modi.
Five more persons, who suffered over 40% burns and head injuries, were in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU), Dev Karan said. Among them was a 12-year old girl.
Dr Rakesh Jain, a plastic surgeon, said that many patients have suffered burns in limbs. Blood vessels of a few of them have been damaged completely necessitating the limbs to be amputated, he added.
Among other injured was an eight-year-old boy Mahaveer.
Meanwhile, a tussle took place at the Trauma Centre of the Hospital on Saturday evening between attendants and resident doctors nursing staff. However, the issue was later resolved after a meeting.