Last Updated: 2018-09-12
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NEW DELHI, India, Sept 12 (NNN-PTI) - The death toll in Tuesday's bus accident, in the southern Indian state of Telangana has risen to 57, officials said. The accident took place near Shanivarapet village, of Jagtial district, about 176 km north of Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana.

According to officials, the bus, belonging to Telangana State Road Transport Corporation, with 80 passengers on board, skidded off a mountainous road, and fell into a gorge at around 11:45 a.m. (local time). "The death toll in today's tragic accident has now risen to 57, and the dead include children and women," B Rajesham, said. "The injured are undergoing treatment at different hospitals."

Reports said, some of the injured were shifted to hospitals in Karimnagar and Hyderabad. According to Rajesham, the ill-fated bus was returning from Kondagattu to Jagtial town. Kondagattu hills are famous for the Anjaneya Swamy Temple, where Hindu devotees throng on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Officials said, the victims were pilgrims who had visited the temple and were on their way back home. Following the accident, locals informed police, who, along with disaster response force personnel and medical teams, rushed to the spot, to carry out rescue work of moving the injured to hospitals and retrieving bodies from the gorge. Officials said the cause of the accident was negligent driving on part of the bus driver.

"No sooner than we got the information, we rushed to the spot to carry out rescue work. Over two dozen passengers had died on the spot," Rajesham said. "Preliminary investigations reveal the bus was being driven negligently and that became the reason for the mishap."

Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, expressed grief over the accident and announced financial assistance of 6,877 U.S. dollars for each family that lost member in the accident. The local government rushed senior ministers to the district to oversee treatment to the injured at the hospitals.

Meanwhile, Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind, and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, expressed shock and anguish over the loss of lives in the deadly accident.-- NNN-PTI