10 killed, several injured in Odisha bus accident

A devastating bus accident in Ganjam district of Odisha killed 10 people and left several others injured.

Ganjam | Updated: 26 June, 2023 3:56 pm IST
A devastating bus accident in Ganjam district of Odisha killed 10 people and left several others injured.

GANJAM: A devastating head-on collision between an Odisha government bus and a private bus in Ganjam resulted in the loss of 10 lives and left several others injured early on Monday.

At least six people suffered injuries in the collision involving an OSRTC (Odisha State Road Transport Corporation) bus near Digapahandi in Ganjam district.

All passengers from both buses involved in the collision were rushed to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. According to Ganjam collector Dibyajyoti Parida, 10 individuals lost their lives, while six others are currently receiving treatment at MKCG hospital.

One critically injured person was transferred to SCB Hospital in Cuttack. Medical facilities have been fully prepared to provide necessary care to the victims.

Berhampur SP Saravana Vivek stated that preliminary investigations suggest a head-on collision between the two buses around 1 am. The private bus, carrying a marriage party from Khandadeuli village in the district, was returning from Berhampur, while the OSRTC bus was en-route from Rayagada to Bhubaneswar.

Passengers on the private bus suffered fatalities and injuries, while those on the OSRTC bus sustained minor injuries.

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Authorities, including the Digapahandi police and fire services personnel, swiftly responded to the scene, rescuing multiple passengers. The exact cause of the accident remains unknown, and a thorough investigation is currently underway.

The Odisha government has announced compensation of ₹30,000 for each injured person to cover their medical expenses. The injured individuals are receiving treatment at MKCG Medical College, Berhampur, according to a tweet by the SRC (Special Relief Commissioner) of the Government of Odisha.

Union home minister Amit Shah expressed his sorrow for the lives lost in the tragic bus accident. In a tweet, he stated, “Anguished by the tragic road accident in Digapahandi (Odisha) that claimed precious lives. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with their family members. May the Almighty give them the strength to bear this. I also pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

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