Monday, February 6, 2023

Several students injured in bus mishap


Several students suffered minor injuries and one student was taken to the hospital for emergency medical care here on Monday after a private city bus, which was hired to transport students of St Joseph’s College, Jakhama, ran into the ditch on the side of the road.
The bus with around 23 college students, who returning home after their semester final exams, met with the accident at Phesama village jurisdiction, around 20km away from Kohima.
Although there were no cases of fatality, some of the students suffered minor injuries. One student, who was taken to hospital for emergency medical care, was later discharged.
The cause for the accident could not be ascertained, but eyewitnesses confirmed that the bus driver was driving under influence (DUI) of alcohol and lost control of the vehicle due to over-speeding.
This was also confirmed by a student leader from the college. However, traffic police officials when contacted, could not confirm if it was a case of DUI.
Police informed that they were awaiting blood alcohol report of the driver.
The student leader told Nagaland Post that the regular bus, which ferried the students, could not turn up due to a mechanical problem.
Therefore, as a stop-gap arrangement for the day, the student in charge of transportation hired a new bus.
After the bus ran aground, the students were lifted from the other buses which were also carrying lecturers and other students, the leader informed.
College lecturer informed this reporter that they had come across drivers mending those buses under the influence of alcohol even in the past.
He vehemently condemned the behaviour of the drivers and stated that such drivers were putting the lives of the students and the public at stake.
The lecturer stated that vehicle owners should take stringent action against drivers in such cases.
Meanwhile, Southern Angami Students’ Union (SASU) led by its president took stock of the situation by helping the students and handing over the driver to the authorities.
Earlier, SASU reportedly served notice to all educational institutions under its jurisdiction to ensure safety and security of students in particular and citizens in general by following various measures.

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