Kolkata: In a severe accident, at least 13 individuals were wounded and a police constable on a two-wheeler damaged when a bus carrying passengers struck the wall adjoining a gate of Fort William, the Army’s Eastern Command headquarters, in Kolkata. The bus driver, a police officer said, lost command on the wheels leading to the mishap. The minibus, which was on its way to Howrah from Metiabruz, butchered the motorcycle-borne police constable before it smashed into the brick wall of the British-era fort around 12.30 pm on Thursday (JUly 1), the officer in.
Vivekananda Dab, who was operating with the Kolkata Police Reserve Force, was pronounced ‘brought dead’ by doctors at the nearby SSKM hospital, the officer said. “We had to use a crane to drag him out from under the bus,” he explained. Passengers who sustained wounds were also taken to the state-run SSKM hospital, and the health of at least four of them have been stated to be “critical”, the officer said.
“It appears the brakes had failed, and the driver, in its attempt to stop the speeding bus, struck a tree and then the brick wall,” he added. Kolkata Police Commissioner Soumen Mitra, who visited the site of the mishap, said the case was being looked into, and more particulars will be available after a thorough probe.