Mahanadi Bus Mishap: 7 Critically Hurt In ICU At SCBMCH

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Cuttack: The health condition of seven persons, who sustained injuries in the tragic Mahanadi bus mishap in Cuttack last evening, are stated to be critical at the SCB Medical College and Hospital.

“Out of the 50 injured who were brought to SCB yesterday, seven critically injured people are undergoing treatment in the central ICU and 35 others in the general ward,” informed SCB Emergency Officer Bhubanananda Maharana.

“Eight injured have been shifted to private nursing homes by their relatives,” Maharana said, adding that there were 10 bodies including 7 men and 3 women that were brought to the hospital last night.

Sources said the post-mortem of the dead bodies is underway. So far the doctors have conducted the post-mortem of five and the bodies are being handed over to their family members, who are arriving one by one at the hospital since this morning.

According to available information, a total of 42 persons injured in the mishap are undergoing treatment at the SCBMCH.

Transport Minister Nrusingha Charan Sahu today visited the hospital to review the health conditions of the victims. Sahu expressed deep grief over the tragic mishap which claimed 10 lives and injured several others and said that the incident will be thoroughly probed.

Meanwhile, a three-member committee comprising the concerned MVI, and other RTO officials has been formed to the probe the cause of the mishap, which killed 10 and injured nearly 50 others.

On Tuesday evening, a private bus from Talcher named ‘Jagannath’ bearing registration number OD 35A 0211 headed to Cuttack Badambadi bus stand, jumped into the Mahanadi riverbed after dashing with the bridge.

The ill-fated bus was carrying more than 50 passengers when it met the accident. It is suspected that the bus driver might have slammed the breaks hard after hitting a buffalo on the bridge.

This caused the vehicle to smash through the bridge’s cement railings and fall 30 feet to land on a sandbar on the riverbed. There was no water where the bus fell.

Expressing his deep grief over the deaths, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to next of the kin of the deceased and free treatment for those injured.

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