17 Die As Bus Falls Off The Bridge

Angul: At least 17 persons are feared dead while more than 30 are injured in a bus accident at Manitri here on Friday.

The bus carrying more than 70 passengers fall 50 ft off the bridge at Manitri while it was on its way from Boudh to Athmallick this morning.

As per reports, police officials and rescue team have rushed to the spot and are engaged in rescue operations.

“Rescue operation is on and we are also planning to engage helicopters to rescue the passengers. A six-member medical team is already on the spot and we are arranging to shift the injured to the hospital,” said Angul district collector Anil Kumar Samal.

The injured are rushed to the Athmallick hospital for immediate treatment and the district administration is also making necessary arrangements to shift the critically injured passengers to the SCB medical college and hospital in Cuttack.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep condolence for the deceased and has announced that the state government would bear all the medical expenses of the victims.

While the death toll is likely to increase, the exact reason behind the accident is yet to be ascertained.

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