Five killed, 40 others injured as bus falls from flyover in Odisha


At least five persons were killed and around 40 others were injured after a Kolkata-bound bus fell from a bridge in Odisha’s Jajpur district on Monday.

The incident took place around 9 pm on Barabati bridge on National Highway-16, when the bus — named Kalia Nana — was on its way to Kolkata from Puri, officials said.

Reportedly, the bus fell off the flyover after the driver lost control of the vehicle. There was carrying around 50 passengers.

The deceased included four men and a woman, police said, adding that around 40 people were injured. Inspector in-charge of Dharamshala Police Station, Tapan Kumar Naik, said that of those injured, 30 persons were being taken to the Cuttack SCB Medical College.

A rescue operation is underway at the accident spot, he said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the deaths and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased.