Hit-and-run bus claims one, flips

SPEED DEMON: The bus (above) and the bike near Rarha bridge, 22km from Ranchi, on Wednesday. (Prashant Mitra)

Ranchi: One person was killed and 18 were injured when a speeding passenger bus hit a bike and flipped on its side while trying to flee the spot near Rarha bridge in Pithoria, over 22km from the district headquarters, on Wednesday.

The accident took place around 12.45pm when the bus with around 70 passengers hit a bike from behind killing its driver and injuring the pillion rider. The bus then picked up speed and fled the spot. However, it had hardly covered 2km when the vehicle fell on its right side while trying to negotiate a sharp bend near the bridge.

"At least 18 passengers were injured in the accident. The hands of some of the passengers got severed," Lucky Kumar, an eyewitness and a resident of Patratu who helped to rescue some of the victims, including 10-year-old schoolgirl Suman Kumari, said over phone.

He said the injured were rushed to RIMS with the help of police who had rushed to the spot with ambulances.

"The 52-seater bus had started from Chandni Chowk in Kanke. Most of the passengers were inside the bus while a couple of them were seated on the roof of the bus with bicycles and coal sacks. After the accident, the driver escaped the spot while the helper, who had sustained injuries, stayed back," passenger Vinod Paswan (32), who is undergoing treatment for his injured chest and right hand at RIMS emergency, said.

SP (city) Aman Kumar said deputy SP (Sadar) Vikas Chandra Srivastava had been sent to RIMS to make arrangements for the injured.

After the accident, Patratu valley witnessed a traffic snarl that continued for half an hour till the bus was removed from the accident site with the help of a crane.

In April last year, seven persons were killed - of which six were aged between 10 and 18 - and 20 were injured when a bus carrying around 100 wedding guests fell on its side while negotiating a hairpin bend near the valley that continues to remain risky owing to its sharp curves and rash drivers.


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