New Delhi: In an unfortunate incident, at least six people were dead and over 40 were injured after the bus, they were travelling in, caught fire in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Sunday. The shocking incident happened after the bus came in contact with an overhead power transmission line. Also Read - Three Indians Killed, 13 Injured in Bus Accident in Egypt, Indian Embassy Helping Families
As per updates from the police, the incident took place near Nandarajpur under the Golanthara police limits of Ganjam district. The bus came in contact with an 11 KV power transmission line when the passengers were travelling to attend an engagement ceremony. Also Read - 12 Dead, Several Injured in Bus Accident in Nepal
However, responding quickly to the situation, locals and police along with the fire service personnel rescued the passengers from the spot.
According to Berhampur Superintendent of Police (SP) Pinak Mishra, the injured have been admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur.
Talking to news agency IANS, State Transport Minister Padmanabh Behera said that a probe will be initiated into the incident and action would be taken accordingly.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed condolence for the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased. Apart from this, the CM also announced free medical treatment for the injured.
Besides, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed condolence for the loss of lives over the mishap and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
According to updates from Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Sukant Sethi, the fire has been extinguished and all those inside the vehicle have also been rescued.