Bhubaneswar: The absconding driver of the bus that met with a fatal accident which took 19 lives near Athamallick in Angul district has been arrested on Sunday. Birendra Behera the driver of the ill-fated bus was arrested by police from near the Athamallick College. He was produced at a local court in Athamallick and then sent to jail custody on Monday morning.
Talking to media persons the Addl. SP Pradip Mishra of Angul said, the absconding driver was apprehended by a special team while he was on his way towards Sambalpur from Athamallick. He also said that the driver has confessed to talking over mobile phone while driving the bus.
Earlier on September 9, nineteen people were killed and 30 others injured when the private bus coming from Boudh towards Athamallick fell off a bridge near old Mantiri allegedly due to careless driving by the driver.