SEVENTEEN people were killed and 26 others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck transporting gas cylinders in Jharkhand’s Pakur district on Wednesday morning, police said. The accident happened around 8.30 am on Govindpur-Sahibganj state highway at Paderkola village in Amrapara police station area, they said.
The bus with 40 passengers on board was heading to Jasidih in Deoghar district from Barharwa in Sahibganj district, they added. One of the critical patients has been referred to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi and the process to shift the others is on, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Ajit Kumar Vimal said. President Ram Nath Kovind expressed grief over the accident and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each would be given to the next of kin of those who died, and Rs 50,000 to those injured. “I am anguished by the bus accident in Pakur, Jharkhand. In this sad hour, condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Chief Minister Hemant Soren condoled the deaths and directed the district administration to ensure proper treatment of the injured persons.