Telangana bus fall kills 57

An overcrowded state-run bus swerved off the road and hurtled down the hillside into a valley in Telangana's Jagtial district on Tuesday, killing 57 people and wounding around 30 others in one of the worst highway tragedies in the state.

By TT Bureau in Hyderabad
  • Published 12.09.18
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Rescue work being carried out at the accident site in Telangana’s Jagtial district 
on Tuesday. (AFP)

Hyderabad: An overcrowded state-run bus swerved off the road and hurtled down the hillside into a valley in Telangana's Jagtial district on Tuesday, killing 57 people and wounding around 30 others in one of the worst highway tragedies in the state.

The deceased included 36 women and five children. Some of the victims were pilgrims returning to Jagtial from the temple town of Kondagattu after offering prayers at a Hanuman temple.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the tragedy as "shocking beyond words".

Over 90 people were travelling in the bus when the accident occurred around 11am, the police said.

A TSRTC official said the vehicle had a seating capacity of 54. The driver was among the deceased.

Shrieks and wails pierced the valley at the scene of the accident as women survivors mourned the death of their dear ones.

Locals, who were the first to pull out the survivors and bodies, alleged that the road that was earlier closed over safety issues was reopened at the insistence of TSRTC officials to save on fuel as it brought down the travel distance between Kondagattu and Jagtial.

"The bus was new, the driver was experienced. It is a dangerous route. Earlier also there were accidents. We will take all precautions by developing the road or by diverting (the services)," finance minister Etela Rajender said.

It is suspected that the driver lost control near a speed breaker, resulting in the accident.

Telangana caretaker chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao expressed shock at the tragedy and announced a financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the families of each of the deceased. PTI

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