The Statue of Unity located near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada, Gujarat (image: twitter)

A collision of two buses near the Statue of Unity injured as many as 20 tourists on Saturday. The incident happened when the two speeding luxury buses hit each other and one of them overturned due to the impact at Navagam in Kevadia colony, located about 2 kilometres from the grand statue.

Six of the injured were taken to Vadodara’s civil hospital, about 90 km away, the rema9iniong were rushed to the Garudeshwar referral hospital for administering first aid.

According to sources, the speeding buses collided when they were apparently attempting a U-turn towards the statue again. The second bus rammed into the first’s rear, resulting in the latter to turn over, injuring the passengers.

A crane had to be called to lift off the bus so that the passengers could be rescued, an official said.

Being a Saturday plus the occasion of Janmashtami, the footfall at the Statue of Unity was over 24,000, according to an official. Meanwhile, more visitors can be expected for Sunday, he added.

The Gujarat government issued a press release stating the Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced full compensation for the medical expenses of the injured persons.

The release also mentioned that an 18-year-old resident Kinni Patel, living in Vadodara was airlifted from Kevadia to Vadodara by a tourist helicopter for immediate treatment. He was later airlifted to Ahmedabad, the release added.

 According to IK Patel, Narmada’s  District Collector and CEO of the Statue of Unity, the girl was airlifted to Vadodara to a private hospital but it was felt that she be given better treatment and thus, was airlifted to Ahmedabad.

Meanwhile, another injured person was taken to SSG hospital in Vadodara, Patel added.

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