Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 24:

Over 30 tourists from West Bengal were injured after a bus carrying them fell off Dhauli hill on the outskirts of Odisha capital this morning.

According to reports, the ill-fated vehicle, bearing registration number WB 29-9036 and carrying 65 tourists including four children, fell off the hill due to brake failure and turned turtle injuring more than 30 persons.

On being informed, police and fire personnel reached the spot and rescued the victims.

The injured were admitted to Capital Hospital here. Six of them were later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack as their condition deteriorated. Seven persons are undergoing treatment at Capita Hospital while others were discharged after treatment, said Health Secretary.

Odisha Motor Vehicle Department (OMVD) officials reached the spot and inspected the documents of the bus. The vehicle has fitness certificate and it came to Odisha on a temporary permit, they said.

State Tourism Minister Ashok Panda said the accident occurred after the bus driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a curve. Prima facie, it appears there was brake failure, Panda said.

He also said that the state government would provide free treatment to the injured.

Khordha Collector reached Capital Hospital and enquired about the health condition of the tourists.

The Capital Hospital has issued a helpline no– 0674-2391983.