Diwakar Travels bus fell into a culvert killing at least 11 passengers and many injured

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A bus belonging to Diwakar Travels speeding bus hit a road divider and fell into a culvert at Mulapadu in Penganchiprolu in Krishna district today morning at around 6am killing atleast 11 passengers leaving over 30 injured. The bus was registered in the name of JC Uma Reddy. The dead were shifted to Nandigama hospital to console the families of those deceased and injured.

According to sources, the bus with number AP 02 TC 7146 was heading to Hyderabad from Bhubaneswar and had around 45 passengers including two drivers and a cleaners. Most of the passengers boarded the bus in Bhubaneswar (14 passengers), Brahmapur (2), Srikakulam (15), Tekkali (4) and Visakhapatnam (15). Some of the deceased have been identified as K Madhusudhan Reddy of Hyderabad, Panga Tulasamma from Santabommali in Srikakulam, Krishna Reddy from Suryapeta in Telangana, Sheik Basha from Bhavanipuram of Vijayawada, Baldev Singh from Cuttack and driver Adinarayana Reddy of Tadipatri.

The onlookers informed the police that the bus fell into the culvert in the gap between two parallel bridges from a height of 22 feet. Many passengers were fast asleep when the incident occurred. The passersby and locals helped many injured passengers to get out of the bus and shifted them to nearby hospitals for treatment. The survivors said that they woke up as they felt the bus falling down.

The police suspect the bus driver fell asleep but was driving at a full speed, resulting in the accident. The bus speed was so high that it fell off the bridge despite a three-feet high retaining wall. The transport department officials said that though the documentation of the bus was intact, the driver could be at fault and it is estimated that the vehicle was moving at a speed of 110 kmph. They said that The officials had difficulty in removing the mangled bodies crushed between the seats inside the bus. It took over four hours to remove all the bodies as well as the injured from the bus.

Jagan Mohan Reddy visits::

YSRCP president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy addressing the media demanded payment of Rs.20 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased in the bus accident. He expressed apprehension that such types of accidents will continue to take place. He appealed the government, police and media to stand by the issue beyond political lines. He said though, we cannot bring back the lives of those dead, we can at least inject confidence in the families of those deceased. He wanted the government to act sternly on the management.

Meanwhile, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the incident and asked the officials to provide all medical help to the injured passengers. Home minister N Chinarajappa and health minister Kamineni Srinivas directed the officials and transport to complete the post-mortem and other formalities for a speedy handover of the bodies to the family members.Transport minister Sidda Raghava Rao ordered a probe into the incident. They condoled the deceased’s family members and made arrangements for shifting the bodies to their native places.

Deceased identified:: Eight persons died on the spot and the remaining succumbed to injuries at different government and private hospitals in Nandigama and Vijayawada. The dead were identified as

  • N.Krishna Reddy of Suryapet in Telangana
  • Baladev Singh of Bhubaneswar
  • Panga Tulasamma, a native of Srikakulam district
  • Kota Madhusudhan Reddy of Hyderabad
  • Shaik Basha of Vijayawada
  • Vidyapathi of Odisha
  • Adinarayana (bus owner) of Tadiparti in Anantapur district
  • N.Sekhar Reddy of Kodad
  • Patamsetti Pridhvi of Nadendla Manda of Guntur
  • Mohammad Tayyab of Musheerabad, Hyderabad.

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