BHUBANESWAR: Vehicular traffic along the National Highway (NH) 5 was thrown into chaos on Thursday afternoon after two employees of a water purifier company were hit by an engineering college bus near Baramunda fly-over.
The mishap left the duo __ Santosh Barik (35) and Kamala Kanta Sahoo (25) __ critically injured. They are undergoing treatment at a private hospital.
Following the accident, locals blocked the CRP flyover leaving vehicular movement paralysed. Police had to divert the traffic through the service lanes.
Police said Barik and Sahoo, both maintenance personnel, were returning from their office on the bike when the bus, carrying students of the engineering college, hit their two-wheeler from behind.
While Barik was thrown off the motorcycle, the bus dragged the bike, with Sahoo still saddled, to a distance of about 200 metres. Sahoo suffered serious injuries, eyewitnesses said.
The driver fled the scene. The 30-odd students disembarked the bus after the incident. The incident irked locals who resorted to road blockade demanding action against the erring driver. This led to serious congestion along the NH till police reached the spot and diverted the vehicular traffic from the fly-over. Both Barik and Sahoo are under observation.