Hyderabad: An overcrowded state-run bus swerved off the road and hurtled down the hillside into a valley in Telangana’s Jagtial district on Tuesday, killing 52 people and wounding 20 others in one of the worst highway tragedies in the state, police said.
The deceased included 36 women.
The accident involving the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) bus occurred on the ghat section of the road near Shanivarapet village, about 200 km from state capital Hyderabad.
The bus was proceeding from Kondagattu to Jagtial.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the tragedy as “shocking beyond words”.
The state’s Finance Minister Etela Rajender said so far 52 people have died, including 36 women and five children.
Around 20 injured people are undergoing treatment in different hospitals.
“The bus accident in Telanganas 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,” Modi tweeted.
According to information available so far, Rajender said, 86 people had bought tickets and were proceeding to Jagtial town when the accident occurred around 11 am. The exact reason for the accident was being ascertained.
The driver of the bus was among the deceased.
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