Telangana bus accident: At least 43 dead after bus falls into gorge near Jagtiyal town

Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao announced ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakhs to families of the deceased and has assured free treatment to those injured.

Telangana bus accident: The bus belonged to Jagtiyal bus department.

A bus accident near Jagtiyal town in Telangana left at least 43 dead on Tuesday. A Telangana State Transport Corporation bus, which was carrying 55 passengers to Sanivarampeta in Kodimial mandal, fell into a gorge after the driver lost control, Revenue Divisional Officer G Narendra said.

The bus had started at Jagtiyal, picked up passengers from three other villages and had reached the famous Kondagattu temple where more passengers embarked.

“While coming down the ghat road, the driver appeared to have lost control, either due to brake failure or some fault.

The bus, instead of negotiating a bend, went straight and fell some 30 feet into a gorge. At least 23 people died on the spot,” Narendra said. At least 25 people, who were shifted to local hospitals with severe head injuries, succumbed.

The bus belonged to Jagtiyal bus department.

“The toll would have been much higher had the accident taken place further away.

We were able to mobilise ambulances from nearby hospital and reached the spot within half and hour and rescued the people.

Those who have suffered serious injuries have been shifted to Karimnagar government hospital,” he added.

“Eye-witness have told me that when the driver failed to brake at a speed breaker and hit an autorickshaw, passengers felt something was wrong. Without stopping, as the bus picked up even more speed while nearing a bend they started screaming in horror as the driver made frantic efforts to slow down by pumping on the brake pedal repeatedly. The driver also shouted to the passengers that something was wrong,” the RDO added.