At least 55 people were killed and 32 others injured after an overcrowded bus carrying 86 passengers, mostly pilgrims, plunged into a gorge near Kondagattu in Telangana on Tuesday around 11 am. The deceased include 36 women and five children.
As per the police, the driver of the police lost control near a speed breaker while going to Jagityal from Kondagattu and fell into the 30 feet deep gorge. The place of accident, the ghat road, had been declared accident prone and unsafe by the police earlier.
The Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of the deceased. He also asked officials to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured, a CMO release said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other political leaders have expressed their grief over the loss of lives in the accident.
The bus accident in Telangana’s Jagtial district is shocking beyond words. Anguished by the loss of lives. My thoughts and solidarity with the bereaved families. I pray that the injured recover quickly.
? Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 11, 2018
Pained by the loss of precious lives due to a bus accident at Kondagattu ghat road in Jagtial district of Telangana. My condolences to those who lost their loved ones.
? Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 11, 2018
I’m sorry to hear about the death of over 40 pilgrims in a road accident in Jagtial, Telangana. Congress party workers in the area must provide all necessary assistance to those in need of help. My thoughts & prayers are with the injured & the families of those who have died.
? Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 11, 2018
No words to describe the horrific accident. Deeply anguished and my heartfelt sympathy to the families of the deceased
? KTR (@KTRTRS) September 11, 2018