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Haryana: 50 people including 40 school children injured in bus overturn

Chandigarh: An overloaded Haryana Roadways bus overturned near Pinjore on Monday, injuring 50 people, most of them school children, officials said. According to preliminary information, more than 40 children were among the injured, they said. “The bus overturned near a bend. The reasons behind the accident are being investigated. Right now our main focus is on rescue. All the children are stable, none has suffered any serious injuries,” Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Yash Garg told reporters at the Panchkula Civil Hospital. “30 children have been brought to the Panchkula Civil Hospital. The other children have been kept under observation in Pinjore,” he said.

Four adults were also brought to the Panchkula Civil Hospital, including a 60-year-old woman who suffered injuries on her hand. She has been referred to the PGI in Chandigarh, he said. Some people said the woman was on the road at the time of the accident. Garg said another injured has been sent to the ICU. Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta, who is also a BJP MLA from Panchkula, told reporters that the accident took place near a village in Panchkula. Gupta said the driver and conductor of the bus have been suspended. “The bus was overloaded and we have been told that the vehicle was speeding a bit high. As it approached a turn, it overturned,” Gupta said. “Our first priority was to rescue the injured and provide them the best treatment,” he said.

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