Over 50 Feared Dead in a Bus Accident at Telangana

Erika Holt
September 12, 2018

What comes in as a shocking news is the death of at least 40 passengers due to a bus accident at Jagtial district in Telangana on Tuesday.

The 40-seater bus was taking a deep downhill curve in the last lap of the Kondagattu ghat section when the driver lost control over the wheel, resulting in the bus overturning several times on the hill slope, literally crushing numerous passengers in the process.

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

Heart rending scenes were witnessed at the accident site as some of the injured lay amid bodies crying for help.

While locals were quick to step in for rescue and relief, Jagitial collector Sharath and other top officials also rushed to the accident spot along with the rescue teams.

President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, YSRCP president YS Jaganmohan Reddy and several other leaders expressed grief over the fatal accident. "We will take all precautions by developing this road or diverting (the services)", Finance Minister Etela Rajender said.

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Media cited brake failure as the possible reason for the tragedy, but Narendhar said that needed to be investigated, adding that the 94 people on board the bus, including its driver and conductor, had exceeded the legal limit of 52.

"More than half of those killed were women, and there were at least three children", local official G. Narendhar told AFP.

The injured were shifted to a government-run hospital in Jagtial.

The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital. Many also do not follow or enforce basic safety measures - it's not uncommon to see people crowding into buses or even travelling on the roof if they can not find a seat inside.

He also asked officials to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured, a release by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said. He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of the deceased. My thoughts and solidarity with the bereaved families. He prayed for early recovery of the injured.

Meanwhile, TRS key leaders KTR and Kavitha reportedly rushed to the Kondagattu accident spot in special chopper from Hyderabad.

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