In a tragic accident in Telangana's Jagtiyal district, a bus fell into a valley killing over 40 people, including six children on Tuesday. The state-owned Road Transport Corporation bus was carrying 70 people, according to reports. More than 20 people injured in state-run RTC bus accident near Kondaagattu. All the injured have been admitted to nearby government hospitals.
The bus, returning from Kondagattu to Jagtial, skidded off the ghat road near Shanivarapet village and fell into the valley resulting in the accident, officials said.
"45 people have died so far. Injured have been admitted to nearby government hospitals. Rescue operation is underway," Sindhu Sharma, SP Jagtial, said.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock over the accident and announces Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia to the family members of the deceased. Authorities said break failure could be one of the reasons for the accident.
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The bus was full of pilgrims returning after visiting a temple, reports said."The incident happened between 11.45 am and noon," Jagtial District Collector A Sharat, who is supervising the relief and rescue work, was quoted by news agency PTI.
While, Road transport authorities said, 'there were standing instructions on standard operating procedure and protocols to avoid accidents on the ghat road.'