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27 injured as bus rams into parked truck

April 22: A bus driver, who passengers claimed to be inebriated, rammed the vehicle into a parked truck at 22 Mile in Khetri on the outskirts of the city this afternoon, injuring 27 people.

There are no reports of casualties among the passengers of the bus which was travelling from Jagiroad to Guwahati.

Eighteen of the injured were rushed to Khetri community health centre by police. However, doctors at the hospital referred 12 of the critically injured to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

“The accident occurred when the bus hit the parked truck from behind. The truck had a punctured tyre, forcing its driver to park it by the side of the road. While we brought 17 injured to the Khetri community health centre, a few passengers also came to the hospital by themselves. While doctors here are treating some of the victims, 12 have been referred to the GMCH. The driver, handyman and conductor were also injured,” said a police official of Khetri police station.

“It was the driver’s fault. We will arrest him and are awaiting his recovery, as he has been badly injured and is undergoing treatment at the hospital. The conductor and handyman fled after receiving initial treatment,” said the official.

“I was travelling from Bokakhat to Guwahati along with my husband, son and nephew. We had to change the bus at Nagaon. When we boarded this bus, we could see that the driver was driving very badly. Before we could react, it rammed into a parked truck. We are sure that the driver must have consumed alcohol at some point during the journey. My 12-year-old son has a deep cut on his forehead and my nephew was injured in his face and hand. My husband and I have been wounded on the right foot and left hand. Since no one came to our rescue, we went to a hospital in Khetri from where we were referred along with other patients to GMCH,” said Nirzara Das, a resident of Mirza on the outskirts of Guwahati.

A woman, her face bandaged, lay on a stretcher in the emergency OPD of the GMCH, enquiring about her daughters, not knowing that they were being treated in a corner of the same room.

“I am badly injured and my wounds are aching. My daughters were with me and they were injured too. I do not know where they are now,” she said, tears rolling down her cheeks.

Her 15-year-old daughter, Sumitra Tati, from a village in Sonapur, was in better position to speak.

“I was travelling with my family when the bus suddenly hit the truck. My mother and younger sister have been badly hurt. My sister received deep cuts on her face and neck and the doctor are attending to her now. My mother, too, has been badly hurt on her face and bled a lot,” she said.

“Most of the patients referred to our hospital have sustained serious injuries. A few have been wounded in the head. We are treating them and will be able to ascertain the extent of their injury after reports of their medical tests arrive,” said a doctor on duty in the emergency wing of GMCH.