At least forty people were feared killed and several others injured when a state-owned bus fell into a gorge in Telangana’s Jagtial district on Tuesday, police said
The bus belonging to Telangana State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) fell off Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from a Hanuman temple atop Kondagattu Hills.
The bus was carrying around 60 passengers. The injured were shifted to a government-run hospital in Jagtial.
Here are the live updates:
Seven children also killed
Seven children also died in the accident which includes 25 women.
45 people have died so far: Jagtial SP
#UPDATE: Sindhu Sharma, SP Jagtial, says, “45 people have died so far. Injured have been admitted to nearby government hospitals. Rescue operation is underway.” A state-run RTC bus accident had occurred near Kondaagattu, earlier today. #Telangana pic.twitter.com/VRW1Q8FaCC
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Most deaths due to suffocation: Police
Police said most of the deaths were due to suffocation as the passengers fell on one another.
5 injured critical, toll expected to rise
The death toll in the accident is expected to rise further as the condition of at least five pilgrims who were admitted at Jagitial government hospital is said to be very critical.
Police suspect failure of brakes caused accident
Police suspect the accident took place due to failure of brakes while the driver was negotiating a turn on the ghat road down the hill at around 11.30 am
As many as 28 bodies recovered
As many as 28 bodies have been recovered so far and the injured are being shifted to Jagitial government hospital, police said.
25 women among dead
There are 25 women among the more than 40 feared dead in the accident
CM announces ex gratia for families of victims
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to each of the families of Kondagattu bus mishap victims.