Karnataka: Eight die in bus accident

Sheri Evans
January 14, 2018

At least eight people were killed and over 10 others injured after a passenger bus fell off a bridge into a pond in the southern Indian state of Karnataka on Saturday, police said.

The bus was on its way to Dharmastala from Bengaluru when the incident took place.

Of the 44 passengers, the 30 injured passengers were rushed to a state-run hospital at Hassan for treatment after they were extricated from the mangled bus. When it reached Shantigrama, the speeding vehicle hit the road divider and fell off the bridge around 3.30 am. However, a press release issued by the KSRTC in Bengaluru said that as per the tracking and monitoring system records, the speed of the bus was 59 km/hr at the time of the accident.

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The Corporation also awarded silver medal to 82 drivers who have not caused any accident or violated any rules for five years. The fitness certificate of the bus was valid till April 12.

Neurosurgeon Dr Venkataramana N K said the Trust will work with the KSRTC to bring down the number of deaths in accidents involving KSRTC buses. State Transport Minister H.M. Revanna expressed shock over the accident and announced Rs 3 lakh compensation to the kin of all the deceased.

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