Two persons were killed and as many as 30 others were injured when a bus collided head on with a truck on National Highway 60 in West Midnapore on Thursday morning.
Local people staged demonstration at the place of the accident protesting against the rash driving of vehicles in that area. Police said that the bus was going to Midnapore from Keshpur via Dharna. When it reached near the Giridhari Chawk it lost control and collided head on with a truck.
The intensity of the accident was so high that the truck fell in a ditch situated by the roadside. The local people took part in the rescue operations before the police reached the spot.
Police said that a woman passenger of the bus died at the spot while another person passed away after being taken to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital. Many others were undergoing treatment at the hospitals some of them are stated to be in serious condition.
According to the preliminary investigation police suspect that the drivers of both the vehicle could not see the other vehicle as it raining heavily in the area. The drivers and the helpers of the both the vehicles fled the spot immediately after the accident.
The incident caused huge traffic jam in the area as the vehicles were stranded on the highway for a long time. This had caused serious inconveniences to the passengers who remained caught in the traffic jam for hours.
Witnesses told the police that the both the vehicles were at a top speed which is why they could not control the vehicle despite of applying emergency brakes.
A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to control the situation. They later brought the situation under control. They are conducting raids to nab the drivers of the vehicles.