DIBRUGARH, Sept 18 - Over 70 students were hurt today after their school bus (AS-06-6553) and a LPG cylinder-laden truck (NL-04-5195) collided head-on over NH-37 at Zollong near Moran town.
Following the accident, the driver of the school bus escaped from the scene. Raj Rabidas, the bus conductor who was at the front door, along with the students sustained grievous injuries.
All the injured were first rushed to the Moran Medical Centre and Tiloi Community Health Centre and subsequently referred to the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH). At least 47 injured students, including the bus conductor, were brought to the AMCH here.
�Most of the students received injuries on their heads and legs, while three students suffered fracture of lower limb. The students were also hit by flying glass splinters. Almost all were bleeding profusely. It was God�s providence that the cylinders in the truck did not burst,� Badal Karti, father of one of the injured girl students told this Correspondent.
The 40-seater school bus was carrying more than 70 students. The students hailed from Doomur Dullong, Boruahulla and Jutliting and No. 6 Divison of Doomur Dullong tea estates. The injured were students of Moran Higher Secondary School, Khatkati RC School, St Joseph�s School, Moran College, Moran Women�s College, St Andrew�s School and Bronson and Brown School of Moranhat. The school bus was being operated by Doomur Dullong Tea Estate management. An autorickshaw driver reportedly gathered the locals to evacuate the injured students from the bus immediately after the accident occurred. Volunteers from AASU, AASAA, ATTSA and ACMS later joined in and shifted the injured to the medical centres.
Some of the seriously injured who have been admitted at AMCH include Mamata Korua, Seema Ghatowar, Laxmi Nayak, Mandira Karti, Saurav Karmakar, Manisha Tanti, Pratiba Tanti, Jintu Sawra, Alina Bhuyan, Roselina Munda, Dipsika Barjo, Jiten Bhuyan, Jeeten Tanti, Umabati Nayak, Jyotsna Sukma, Shorobi Karti, Arhana Koya, Reeta Rabidas, Gitanjali Rabidas, Nelanjana Rabidas, Gaurav Rabidas, Sonu Rabidas, Bitul Nayak, Jiten Koya, Romesh Munda, Urmik Mallick, Yacub Samad, Anand Bhuyan, Rajeswari Bhuyan, Sania Bhumij, Raj Rabidas, Sukamaya Boraik, Dipsika Pator, Tinu Tanti, Binita Tigga, Ranju Patar, Pranjal Tanti, Ashis Nayak, Harali Nayak and Rani Tanti respectively.