Maharashtra school bus mishap: Three students critical

Last Updated: Friday, August 21, 2009 - 14:29

Mumbai: Three out of the 20 students, who
suffered more than 60 per cent burns following a school bus
mishap at Navi Mumbai, are still critical, hospital
authorities said on Friday.

Ronit Gore (14) and Neeraj Kurgale (8) admitted to the
National Burns hospital in Navi Mumbai are undergoing
treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), doctors said.

While Gore suffered 68 percent burn injuries, Kurgale
has sustained 65 percent burns.

"Gore has suffered burn injuries all over his body and
is kept on a ventilator and provided artificial oxygen as his
lungs have been infected. Kurgale is also critical but he is
not on ventilator," Dr Ganesh Pawar, Resident Medical Officer
told a news agency.

Riya Gupte (11), who suffered 60 per cent burns, is also
critical and is presently admitted in the ICU of Masina
hospital at Byculla in south Mumbai.

"Gupte`s condition is still critical with burn injuries
on her back, upper arms and legs. Another student, Puranik
(10) who suffered injuries on his lower legs, is stable and
will be shifted out of the ICU to a normal ward soon," Masina
Hospital`s In-charge, Dr Veena Sangare said.

Puranik sustained 40 percent burn injuries.

Twenty students from class first to eighth of CKT
school in New Panvel were injured after their school bus
caught fire yesterday.

They were admitted to the National Burns Centre,
Lifeline Hospital and MGM hospital in Navi Mumbai and at the
Masina hospital in Byculla.

Two students, who suffered minor injuries, were
discharged yesterday after providing first aid treatment.

The condition of four other children at the National
Burns Centre, who are also in the ICU, is stable as they
suffered 18 to 50 percent burns.

Besides, the condition of four girls, who were
admitted to the MGM hospital with 20 to 25 percent burn
injuries, is also reported to be stable.

The police have arrested the bus driver Vishwanath
Thadetare (24) and cleaner Anil Yadav (20) for negligence and
would be produced before a Panvel court today.

"The duo have been booked under various sections of
Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicle Act. We are awaiting
reports from the forensic lab and the Regional Transport
Office (RTO) which will help us ascertain the cause of the
fire," police inspector Ahmed Pathan of Panvel police station

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First Published: Friday, August 21, 2009 - 14:29

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