Speeding India bus plunge kills 53

In this grab made from video provided by KK Productions rescuers pull out passengers from a bus that fell into a gorge in Jagtiyal district of Telangana India Tuesday Sept. 11 2018. The bus was carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of

India: Bus crash kills dozens of pilgrims in Telangana state

Hearing the loud thud and cries for help, people working downhill and other motorists rushed to the spot and started rescuing passengers from the mangled bus.

Transport Minister Mahendra Reddy, Finance Minister Etala Rajendra along with Nizamabad MP K Kavita also visited the injured in hospital and inquired about the accident.

A bus carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of south India plunged off a road Tuesday, killing at least 45 people, officials said.

According to official sources, the police had advised heavy vehicles and those carrying passengers to avoid the accident-prone ghat road and instead use an alternate route - via Nachupally and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTUH, Jagtial) to Kondagattu temple road, which is eight kilometre longer and does not have a ghat section.

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The tragic Kondagattu bus accident which claimed 48 lives so far and injured a few dozens more is said to be one of the most deadliest bus accidents that ever took place in India.

Broadcaster NDTV quoted witnesses as saying the driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle.

The deceased include 32 women and 4 children.

The injured were shifted to a government hospital in Jagtial. However, the exact reason is under investigation, Jagtial Superintendent of Police Sindhu Sharma said. A few critically injured were taken to hospitals in Karimnagar and Hyderabad.

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"The incident happened between 11.45am and noon", said Jagtial District Collector A Sharat, who is supervising the relief and rescue work.

Chief Minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock over the road accident. He directed the officials concerned to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured. He announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia each for the families of the dead.

"The bus accident.is shocking beyond words", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter.

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