Three persons were seriously injured when a speeding state government bus with 10 commuters turned turtle on a wet and muddy road in front of Nalban in Salt Lake on Sunday afternoon.
Police said the West Bengal State Transport Corporation bus on the New Town-Garia route lost control, broke its axle and turned upside down around 2.30pm.
Officers at a nearby crossing rushed to the spot and took the passengers to Bidhannagar Sub-divisional Hospital, from where the three critically injured — Sucheta Bhattacharya, 18, and two men — were shifted to NRS Medical College and Hospital. The bus was seized but the driver and the helper fled.
Sucheta, a resident of Kestopur, suffered serious head injuries and the two men were critically injured in their legs and waists.
“The girl required three stitches on the temples. She is under observation,” said a doctor at NRS hospital.
The other passengers, who suffered minor injuries, were given first-aid at Bidhannagar Sub-divisional Hospital and released.
The police blamed the accident on speeding and wet road.
“The road in front of Nalban and Nicco Park has narrowed as the stretch along the divider had been dug up for work on the Garia-airport Metro Railway link. Since it was raining, mud from the construction zone had spread over the road. The bus probably lost control while speeding over the mud down the narrow road and turned upside down,” said an officer of Bidhannagar South police station.
The median and a few feet on either side along the stretch in front of Nicco Park and Nalban have been cordoned off for the past two months because of the work on the Metro link. But despite the barricade, mud from the median spills on to the carriageway through gaps.
To make things worse, the 3km road from Technopolis to Chingrihata is dotted with potholes. “The stretch has become dangerous. Motorbikes are skidding on the mud and many were injured in the past two weeks,” said a local vendor.
“We have written to the CMDA, requesting it to repair the roads. But nothing has been done. After today’s accident, we asked the agency in charge of laying the Metro link to make sure that mud does not spill on to the road,” said an officer of Bidhannagar City Police.