Puri-bound tourist bus hits truck in Balasore, over 20 injured

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Balasore: Over 20 persons were injured after the tourist bus they were travelling in hit a truck on NH-16 at Seragarh area in Khantapada in Balasore district.

According to sources, the mishap occurred early on today morning while a Puri-bound bus “Gitanjali” carrying around 70 passengers from West Bengal when the vehicle rammed into a truck from the rear.

Following the mishap, the driver of the bus fled from the spot.

Spotting the mangled vehicle, locals rushed to help the passengers and rescued the injured persons trapped inside it.

Over 15 persons sustained injuries in the mishap. All the injured were initially admitted to Community Health Centre (CHC) in Khantapada and was later shifted to Balasore District Headquarters Hospital, sources said.

On being informed, police reached the spot and seized the mobile phone of the driver. A probe has been initiated into the incident.

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