Four DPS Indore students, driver killed in bus-truck accident
The school bus was on its way to drop the students to their homes when the accident occurred.
Four students of Delhi Public School (DPS), Indore, were killed when their bus collided with a truck at the Bicholi Hapsi bridge on the Indore bypass on Friday afternoon.
The bus driver also lost his life in the accident in which at least 10 other children, including two teachers, were injured. The condition of some of the victims is said to be critical.
Indore DIG Harinarayan Chari Mishra confirmed the deaths. The deceased were identified as Shruti Ludhyanvi of Class 1, Harmit Kaur of Class 3, Swastik Pandya of Class 6, Kriti Agrawal of Class 8 and bus driver Rahul Yadav, 35.
The injured were taken to the nearby Bombay Hospital for treatment. There were around 15 children in the bus at the time of the accident who were on their way home after school.
According to reports, the bus was moving towards Rau when the driver lost control. The vehicle first dashed against the divider and then rammed into a truck coming from the opposite direction.The Indore bypass is a six-lane road where vehicles usually speed. The front of the bus was wrecked due to impact of the accident. No one from the school management responded to calls from Hindustan Times.
Hundreds of anxious parents thronged the Bombay Hospital on receiving the news. State home minister Bhupendra Singh ordered an inquiry into the accident and directed that the report be submitted within 24 hours. The inquiry will be conducted by additional SP Prashant Chaubey.
MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Congress leader Kamal Nath condoled the deaths of the children on Twitter. State Congress president Arun Yadav demanded that the state government announce compensation for those killed and free treatment for the injured.
Sources said the bus was 14 years old but was issued by the RTO just a month ago.
First Published: Jan 05, 2018 19:32:53