Bus plunges into ditch in Bengal, at least eight dead
As many as 36 persons were injured, some of them critically. The bus was moving at high speed when the driver apparently lost control.kolkata Updated: Aug 08, 2017 19:37 IST
At least eight people were killed and 36 injured when a speeding bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Islampur Galakata under Tehatta police station in Nadia district in Bengal on Tuesday afternoon. Those dead included four women and one child.
The disaster took place when the bus travelling along a state highway. The vehicle was travelling from Krishnagar to Karimpur.
The bus was crowded and many were perched on top of the vehicle.
The incident took place against the backdrop of a persistent campaign by the state government for safe driving. Over the past few months chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been personally speaking about the need to drive safely, but all that do not seem to have any effect on the frequent fatal road accidents.
“The family of the dead will be given Rs 2 lakh each. The amount will be sent to their bank accounts soon after receiving all the relevant documents,” said Nadia district magistrate Sumit Gupta.
The bus was moving at a high speed from Krishnagar to Palashipara in Tehatta. When it reached Galakata, the driver lost control.
There were approximately 80 passengers in the vehicle. All the injured were rescued and sent to two hospitals in Tehatta and Shaktinagar in Krishnagar.
Six of the dead were identified to be Nijamuddin Mondal, Benjira Bibi, Rehana Bibi, Rejaul Karim Mondal, Khushi Halder and Bishakha Halder.
A few of those injured were critical.