Nagpur: In a tragic and completely avoidable accident, a bus which was moving at great speed and was attempting to overtake another vehicle turned turtle on National Highway No. 7 , the Nagpur –Jabalpur road.
According to sources, nearly twenty passengers were critically injured in the accident which happened near a well situated in Kerdi Dumri area in Kanhan. The bus was heading towards Jabalpur from Nagpur.
The injured have been brought to IGMC (Indira Gandhi) and GMC (Govt. hospital) for treatment. Immediately after the mishap, the driver and the conductor absconded from the spot obviously unhurt.
Some eye witnesses claimed that around 1 midnight, private bus bearing RTO registration No MP-20 PA 0985 of Sai Mangalam Travels was attempting to overtake another vehicle just ahead of the bus while moving at great speed. The bus lost its balance and had turned turtle near Kerdi village. The bus supposedly rolled three times before coming to a halt.
Five passengers were critically injured in the mishap which happened when most passengers were sleeping. They had to break the glass window to exit from the ill-fated bus. As soon as the Kanhan Police received information, the cops of Kanhan Police Station reached the spot, helped the injured passengers to exit from the bus and immediately rushed six injured passengers to Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (Mayo) while nearly 15 passengers were taken to Government Medical College for treatment. One hand of a female passenger identified as Kamlesh Manoj Yerwar and a resident of Bara-signal area, Imambada had to be amputated while leg of another unidentified male passenger had to be amputated. The condition of 6 passengers is said to be critical while 15 passengers have incurred only superficial injuries.
Police Inspector Ravindra Gaikwad, Assistant Police Inspector Vijay Kote and other police personnel of Kanhan Police Station ably managed the accident spot.
The cops of Kanhan Police Station have registered a case under Section 279, 337, 338 of Indian Penal Code against the driver and the conductor.