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29 injured in bus accident

A crowded private bus carrying several school students and a pregnant woman lost control while speeding down Anandapur Road, off the Bypass, and rammed into a tree and the adjoining pavement.

Of the 29 passengers and pedestrians who got injured in the Wednesday morning accident, six had to be hospitalised. Among them was one student and the pregnant woman.

The other passengers suffered minor injuries and went home after treatment.

Police said after a preliminary investigation that the bus on route 3C/1 hit the tree and the pavement near Manjulika Apartment after its brakes failed.

“The bus was moving at a high speed. Suddenly there was a jerk and the bus rammed into a tree and the footpath,” said Sonarpur resident Baby Bag, a Class VI student at Kasba Vidyapith.

Baby suffered head injuries and was one of the six who have been hospitalised. The other five are Sumita Mukherjee, 11, Priya Mondal, 13, Paramita Naskar, 19, Sibani Mondal, 25, and Sourav Barik, 17.

Barik is being treated at a nursing home and the others at Ruby General Hospital.

Sibani, who is pregnant, was on her way to Chittaranjan Shishu Seva Sadan with husband Rajesh for a check-up. “The ultrasound report shows the foetus is unhurt,” said a hospital official.

“The bus is around eight years old. Prima facie the accident resulted from brake failure. The driver has been arrested on the charge of rash and negligent driving,” said an officer of the traffic department.

The front of the bus got damaged under the impact of the crash.

The bus has been seized and sent for tests.