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52 killed as bus falls into gorge in Telangana (Third Lead)

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

In a ghastly tragedy, as many as 52 people were killed and more than 20 others injured when a state-run overcrowded bus fell into a gorge in Telangana's district on Tuesday.

The bus belonging to the State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) fell off Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from atop Kondagattu Hills, about 190 km from

The bus, carrying more than 70 passengers, met with the accident when the reportedly lost control at a speed breaker.

told reports at that 52 people were killed in the disaster. He said 47 bodies were brought to Hospital while five people succumbed at a hospital in

The dead include Officials said the victims include 26 women and 10 children. The toll could go up as the condition of some of the injured was stated to be critical.

The injured were shifted to a government hospital in Jagtial. A few critically injured were taken to hospitals in and

expressed shock over the accident. He announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia each for the families of the dead.

Superintendent of Police Sindhu Sharma said the accident occurred around 11 a.m. when the bus was coming down from the hill and was to join the highway.

The apparently applied brakes at a speed breaker and the passengers who were standing fell onto one side, tilting the bus which then hurtled down after breaking an iron railing.

The victims belonged to Jagtial and Peddapalli districts.

Heart rending scenes were witnessed at the as some of the injured lay amid bodies crying for help. Wailing relatives of the victims crowded Jagtial Hospital, where the medical staff struggled to deal with the large number of casualties.

Meanwhile, locals voiced their anger against the authorities over poor condition of the road and the alleged negligence of TSRTC.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 16:56 IST
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