Bus accident near Bagdogra kills student

Report by: 
Prashant Acharya
16 Feb 2017

A student of Std VIII died and several others seriously injured in a bus accident on Thursday morning near Hansqua Tea Garden in the outskirts of Bagdogra.
Megha Nagesia of Niskalanka Mata Hindi High School in Bagdogra died at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital while undergoing treatment and more than 20 people including 10 students were injured. Six are said to be in serious condition.
Eyewitnesses said the accident occurred when two passenger buses were racing against one another when the Bidhan Nagar-Siliguri route bus heading towards Bagdogra fell into a gorge.
The speeding bus made a sharp turn to avoid a bike going towards Bidhan Nagar when the driver lost control and the vehicle fell into a gorge. The bus was loaded with school children and passengers.
The injured were first taken to the Bagdogra Primary Health Centre and the critical referred to the NBMCH.