Teacher killed, 47 students hurt in Chandahandi ghat road accident

Fire services personnel and police also arrived on the spot and rushed the injured to Jharigaon Community Health Centre.

Published: 28th September 2023 09:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th September 2023 09:24 AM   |  A+A-

The ill-fated bus at Chandahandi ghat in Nabarangpur district. (Photo | Express)

By Express News Service

UMERKOTE: A schoolteacher was killed and around 47 students sustained injuries after the private bus in which they were travelling overturned at Chandahandi ghat in Nabarangpur district on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Prabhas Jena, a physical education teacher (PET) at Swami Vivekananda High School in Umerkote. The mishap took place when students of the high school along with some teachers were on their way to attend a district-level sports event in Chandahandi block.

Sources said while negotiating a steep turn on the ghat road, the bus driver lost control and the vehicle overturned. Following the accident, locals rushed to the spot and pulled the injured students and teachers out of the damaged bus. Fire services personnel and police also arrived on the spot and rushed the injured to Jharigaon Community Health Centre (CHC).

Sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Umerkote Madhusikta Misra said more than 50 students and teachers were in the bus when it overturned. At least seven students and three PETs have been shifted to the district headquarters hospital, Nabarangpur as their condition is critical.

On the day, local MP Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Nabarangpur SP S Sushree, sub-collector Prakash Misra and SDC chairperson Pradeep Majhi visited the mishap site and met the injured students and teachers at the CHC. Locals alleged that the Ghat road has steep inclines and sharp turns which create problems for commuters. Due to the steepness, accidents take place on the route frequently.

Meanwhile, it is alleged that the private bus involved in the mishap reportedly had no permit to ply on the route. Besides, the bus was overloaded with passengers as more than 50 school students and staff were inside the vehicle against its seating capacity of 32. The SDPO said a detailed inquiry will be conducted to ascertain the circumstances leading to the mishap.

Follow The New Indian Express channel on WhatsApp


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp