Bus-tractor collide: Five killed, 22 wounded in eastern India

Published: 11:44 GMT, Apr 5, 2017 |

Five people were killed and 22 injured as a bus collided head-on with a tractor on Tuesday (April 4) in India’s eastern Odisha state.

The accident took place at about 3 am in Baripada city when the passenger bus was going towards Rairangpur from Jassipura. The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital.

The impact of the collision was so powerful that the bus overturned. An investigation is underway to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, expressed grief over the accident and announced INR 200,000 (USD 3,075) compensation to families of the deceased. He also ordered the hospital administration to provide free treatment to the injured.

India has the world’s deadliest roads, the result of a flood untrained drivers, inadequate law enforcement, badly maintained highway and cars that fail modern crash tests.

According to India’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, at least 400 people die in road accidents everyday in the country.