Hyderabad, Sept 11: In one of the goriest accident in the history of State Road Transport Corporation, 52 passengers including 32 women and four children, died and 30 others were injured when a Telangana Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) bus belonging to Jagitial depot, fell into a gorge on Tuesday morning.
The bus which was fully packed with around 86 passengers were coming down from Kondagattu Hanuman temple when the accident occurred.
Many of the causalities are on the front side of the bus where many bodies were found crushed with the impact of the accident. The police suspect the accident took place due to the failure of brakes while the driver was negotiating a last turn on the ghat road down the hill at around 11.30 am before reaching the highway.
Technical Problem ruled out
Few survivors, however, said that the driver lost control over the vehicle as he has put the bus on neutral gear while coming down the ghat road. The driver of the bus Srinivas lost his life and conductor Parameshwar who was issuing tickets at that time was injured. TSRTC officials who ruled out technical problems say that the driver was not supposed to bring the Jagitial-Sanivarampet bus through the Ghat road.
All the bodies have been recovered and shifted to Jagitial government hospital. Injured have been shifted to Karimnagar. While the local villagers quickly jumped into action and took up the rescue works, Jagitial collector Sharath and superintendent of police Sindhu Sharma rushed to the spot along with the police forces to take up rescue operations.
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed shock over the ghastly road accident. He expressed deep condolences on the loss of lives and injuries to others and directed the officials concerned to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured. State finance minister Eatala Rajender rushed to the spot which is 177 kilometres from here. The government has announced Rs 5 lakh exgratia to the kin of the deceased.
“The TSRTC will also announce exgratia. If there are farmers then there will be an addition of Rs 5 lakh from the farmer’s insurance scheme,” Rajender said adding that anyone with TRS membership will get Rs 2 lakh compensation. He assured that steps will be taken to see that such an incident will not repeat in future.
52 killed as bus falls into gorge in Telangana