Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 9:
More than 30 people have been injured in a four vehicle pileup at Tamando near Odisha capital early this morning.
The injured have been admitted to various hospitals of the city. Five of them are in critical condition, as per reports.
The incident occurred at 4:10 this morning when a bus named Raja coming from Brahmanigaon dashed into another bus named Chakadola from the rear side near Tamando over-bridge. Only minutes after the incident, another bus named Nilakantha coming from Bhanjanagar rammed into another truck from the rear at the same place.
The driver of Nilakantha got stuck between his bus and the truck in the incident. The fire brigade, local police and ODRAF managed to rescue him after an hour long effort.
Traffic came to a standstill on NH-5 for about two hours following the incident.
“At about 4:20 this morning, we got information from the locals that there has been a vehicle pileup ahead of Aiginia square near Tamando. Our police team along with rescue team of ODRAF and fire brigade were roped in the rescue operations. Locals also joined hands. About 10 ambulances were rushed in. We managed to rescue about 30 people and sent them to nearby hospitals after a two hour long operation,” said a police official.
“It took us more than an hour to rescue the driver of Nilakantha who had been crushed between his bus and the truck he rammed into. The metal had to be cut. We also used two specialist mechanics to open certain parts of the vehicle in order to rescue him. He has been sent to the hospital,” he added.
In a related incident, a Mercedes-Benz driver lost control of his vehicle near Sainik School square of the city and rammed into six shops and hit a car before flipping over early this morning. Noone has been hurt in the incident. A major catastrophe was avoided as the shops were closed.