Hyderabad: At least 10 passengers died and more than 15 people were injured after a private bus fell from a bridge into a canal in Khammam district in Telangana on Monday.
Preliminary inquiry revealed that the bus was on its way from Hyderabad to Kakinada via Khammam when the bus driver is said to have lost control of the vehicle.
“The accident occurred near Nayakangudem when the bus lost control and fell off a bridge on Nagarjunasagar canal,” sources in the police department said. “Seven persons were killed on the spot while three died in the hospital. All the injured were admitted to government-run hospital in Khammam,” he added.
The survivors told the police that the negligence by the driver led to the accident. According to them, the driver was running the vehicle at a high speed and applied sudden brake on reaching the bridge. The bus overturned and fell into the canal.
There were 31 passengers aboard the bus which had left Hyderabad around 11.30 p.m. on Sunday. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the accident. Rao directed officials to ensure best possible treatment to the injured.