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57 killed as bus falls into gorge in Telangana (Fourth Lead)

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

The death toll in Tuesday's ghastly bus accident in rose to 57 even as the suspended an of the state road transport corporation and ordered an inquiry.

As many as 43 people were also injured in the accident that occurred when an overcrowded state-run bus fell into a gorge in Telangana's Jagtial district.

The State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) bus carrying 100 passengers fell off Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from atop Kondagattu Hills, about 190 km from

Overload and brake failure is suspected to be the cause of accident. has ordered a probe into the tragedy.

The dead include 30 women and four children, officials said.

The injured are undergoing treatment in hospitals at Jagtial, and The toll could further go up as the condition of some of the injured is stated to be critical.

The dead include who apparently lost control when the bus approached a speed breaker.

expressed shock over the accident. He has announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia each for the families of the dead. TSRTC announced Rs. 3 lakh ex-gratia each.

The Transport Minister, who visited the accident site, also announced suspension of

Jagtial 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 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 have voiced their anger against the authorities over poor condition of the road and the alleged negligence of TSRTC.



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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 22:02 IST