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2 killed, 28 hurt in bus-car collision

Dhemaji, April 17: Two persons died while 28 were injured when a passenger bus collided with a car near Pukia, 25km from here, on National Highway 52 this morning.

Rabi Mili, 35, and Rohit Pegu, 36, of Bihpuria-Dhunaguri in Lakhimpur district, who were in the car, died of their injuries while being taken to Dhemaji civil hospital.

Sixteen of the injured were discharged from hospital after being administered first aid while 12 others are being treated.

Doctors at the civil hospital said the injured were out of danger and will be discharged after proper check-up.

The driver of the bus fled the scene after the mishap that took place around 8.40am.

Pukia is about 485km from Guwahati.

According to witness Dharmeswar Chutia, the four persons in the car were on their way to Bihpuria from Jonai while the bus was transporting 24 passengers from Dhemaji to Silapathar when the accident happened, allegedly because of speeding.

The distance between Dhemaji and Silapathar is 36km.

Haren Chutia, a passenger on the bus, said the driver had slowed down but the car had lost control and collided with the bus.

Two schools and a hospital are located near the spot.

Banamali Mahanta, a resident of Pukia, told this correspondent that the area was prone to accidents as the road turns sharply there.

Despite repeated demands, the public works department is yet to construct speed breakers in the area.

Last year, two persons had died while 16 were injured when an ASTC bus going to Guwahati from Jonai met with an accident in the same spot.