In a sad and tragic event, 20 girls belonging to St. Joseph Convent High School, Jethuli (near Patna) were injured when the school bus carrying girls rolled down into a mud filled nullah (canal) on NH - 30 near Chotti Pahari in Agamkuan locality yesterday. The bus was carrying 32 students and 10 teachers and was returning from the school to Patna in the second half of the day when the event occurred around 3:15 PM. The bus had reportedly been said to be lost control while giving way to a heavy vehicle on the traffic congested road. The injured girls, teachers and driver were rushed to NMCH (Nalanda Medical College Hospital) where the doctors treated them for minor injuries. All the injured were said to be out of danger, though they were traumatized. The bus slipped from the road, twice overturned and felled in the nullah and stood in normal straight position. The ill-fated bus was carrying girls of Alamganj, Tripoloa and Mahendru areas.
It was the quick help of the nearby locals, who jumped into the nullah and evacuated the girls and teachers that the incident did not resulted into any major casualty. The miraculous escape was the talk of the town by evening yesterday. The parents of the students who did not reach home on time rushed to the hospital on learning about the incident. There were anxious moments at the incident site and in the hospitals. The incident has cast shadow over the safety of school buses and on the expertise of the drivers, with many parents being worried about their children's safety after the incident. There are thousands of student who use school buses to reach their schools which are often located at the outskirt of the city. The conditions of school-buses and the expertise of drivers need to be checked periodically to avoid occurrence of such incidents.