Three persons were injured after a state-run bus hit them in the BBD Bag area on Wednesday morning, police said.
The three have been identified as contractual labourers of the ongoing Metro project there.
The bus apparently lost control while taking a left turn in front of Writers’ Buildings towards Dalhousie and rolled into the East-West Metro construction site for the Mahakaran station that was cordoned off for work.
The bus on route S-3A plies between Thakurpukur and Sealdah.
It crashed into the construction site around 6.30am when there were a few vehicles on the road, the police said.
“There was a loud crash. The bus was almost empty. It broke through the barricades and rammed into a temporary iron structure in front of the under-construction Metro station,” said a civic volunteer who was one of the first to reach the spot after the accident.
The three injured persons were taken to SSKM Hospital. They were treated and discharged after a few hours.
The police identified the injured as Gobinda Prasad, 26, and Birendra Kumar Shaw, 31, from Howrah, and Nitish Kumar Shaw, 24, from Hooghly.
The bus came to a halt after the crash and was impounded by officers of the Hare Street police station. The driver fled the spot but the conductor was arrested.
Several police officers Metro spoke to said had the accident happened a few hours later, it could have led to moreserious consequences.
Dalhousie, which remains crowded with vehicles and pedestrians throughout the day,is one of the busiest crossings of the city and experiences across over of tens of thousands of vehicles every day.
The Mahakaran Metro station, which is being constructed in the BBD Bag area, is part of the East-West Metro project that will connect Howrah Maidan with Esplanade.
The police said the bus would be sent for a mechanical examination to ascertain whether a technical fault or a human error led to the accident.
Clash over park
two groups of residents in a Narkeldanga neighbourhood off Canal West Road on Wednesday morning, police said.
According to a police officer, the groups were divided over setting up of a park in the area that resulted in the clash.
One of the groups later lodged an assault complaint with Narkeldanga police station