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16 killed as bus falls into gorge

16 killed as bus falls into gorge
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In a tragic accident, at least 16 passengers, most of whom were college students, lost their lives and 58 others were injured when a crowded APSRTC bus lost control and fell into a gorge by the side of a hilly road in Anantapur district on Wednesday. Eleven persons died on the spot, and five succumbed at hospitals in Hindupur and Anantapur.

Anantapur: In a tragic accident, at least 16 passengers, most of whom were college students, lost their lives and 58 others were injured when a crowded APSRTC bus lost control and fell into a gorge by the side of a hilly road in Anantapur district on Wednesday. Eleven persons died on the spot, and five succumbed at hospitals in Hindupur and Anantapur.

  • Most of victims are students; 58 are hurt, 14 critically
  • Driver loses control, while trying to avoid an auto
  • Bus carrying more than its capacity

Of the 16 persons who died, 14 were students who were on their way to their respective colleges and schools. Almost all were of Class 11 and 12. Two students of Class 6 and 10 were also killed. The victims also include a forest officer. The accident occurred between Penukonda and Madakasira, about 450 km from here. The toll is likely to go up as the condition of 14 of the injured was said to be critical.

The bus, with registration number AP 28Z 1053, belonging to Madakasira depot, was proceeding from Madakasira to Penukonda. The accident took place near a sheep farm when the driver lost control while trying to avoid an auto coming in the opposite direction. The bus hit the retaining wall on the edge of the road and fell into the gorge. The impact of the bus crashing to the ground was so severe that the body of the bus turned into a heap of twisted metal.

On receipt of news, police rushed to the spot and pulled out the passengers from the mangled remains of the bus. With the help of locals, the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals. Police said the road was under repair and a part of it was dug up, which may have forced the driver to move to the edge. The number of passengers who were on board with valid tickets was 42 and 24 persons were holding bus passes.

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