While six of the injured were rushed to Vadodara's civil hospital for treatment about 90 Kms away, the rest of the injured were taken to the Garudeshwar referral hospital for administering first aid.
Close to 20 tourists were injured Saturday when two luxury buses collided and one of them overturned at Navagam in Kevadia colony, about 2 kilometers from the Statue of Unity. The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon as over 25,000 footfall was recorded at the site owing to the weekend crowds.
The two private luxury buses speeding towards the Statue of Unity collided with each other — the impact resulting in one of the two buses overturning and injuring over 20 passengers. While six of the injured were rushed to Vadodara’s civil hospital for treatment about 90 Kms away, the rest of the injured were taken to the Garudeshwar referral hospital for administering first aid.
According to officials, the accident occurred due to over speeding near Navagam. “Eyewitnesses have told us that the buses were speeding and perhaps attempting to make a u-turn towards statue of unity again. The driver of the second bus rammed into the rear of the first with an impact that was enough to make it turn over. A crane had to be called in to lift up the bus. So naturally, passengers in the bus were injured,” an official said. The number of visitors on Saturday, which is a day off in most parts of the city owing to Janmashtmi, had crossed 24000, officials said, adding that more rush can be expected on Sunday.
A press release from the state government stated that Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced full compensation for the medical expenses incurred by the injured. According to the release, an 18-year-old resident Kinni Patel of Vadodara, who was among the injured tourists was airlifted from Kevadia to Vadodara by the tourist helicopter stationed at Statue of Unity for immediate treatment and thereafter airlifted to Ahmedabad.
The release stated, “Vadodara District Collector Shalini Agarwal ensured that the SSG hospital was prepared to treat her immediately after receiving her at the airport. However since her injuries were extremely grave, she was airlifted again to Ahmedabad. The entire journey from the airport to the hospital and back to the airport to be airlifted to Ahmedabad was carried out under police patrol to avoid any delays.”
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