One person was killed and at least 20 others injured when the bus in which they were travelling collided head-on with a speeding truck on NH-33 at Ranchiís Rangamati, around 50km from Jamshedpur, on Friday morning.
The bus was going to Jamshedpur from Bengalís Purulia.
The injured were rushed to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital in Jamshedpur as it was relatively closer to the mishap spot that comes under the jurisdiction of Ranchiís Tamar police station.
Police later said that the driver of the truck, who was yet to be identified, died on the spot.
Those with serious injuries were identified as Zamal Shah, Mumtaz Alam, Mohammed Yaqub and Mohammed Khallil, all residents of Purulia.
The others, including the bus driver, were, however, discharged from the hospital after first aid.
Speaking to The Telegraph later, Zamal Shah said that the truck was hurtling down the road at breakneck speed.
ďWe all boarded the bus from Purulia early in the morning. Around 6am, I noticed the truck speeding down the road. Before we knew it, there was a loud bang and a jolt and the goods carrier collided head-on with our vehicle,Ē Zamal, who sustained serious head injuries, told the correspondent from his hospital bed.
He added that the bus driver escaped with minor injuries as he had ducked in his seat.
Tamar police have seized both the vehicles and have registered a case of rash driving.
Officer in charge of Sakchi police station Bhola Prasad Singh told The Telegraph that they would take the statement of all the injured and forward it to Tamar police station for necessary action.