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Jan 7, 2015

08:28:18 GMT--Vehicle Accident - Asia - India

EDIS Number: VI-20150107-46586-IND

Date / time: 07/01/2015 08:21:49 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: Asia

Country: India

State/County: State of Andhra Pradesh

Location: [Between Penukonda and Madakasira]

Number of Deads: 14 person(s)

Number of Injured: 20 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Heavy


Fourteen people died and 30 others received injuries as an APSRTC rural service bus fell into a valley on Penukonda-Madakasira road in Anantapur district on Wednesday. The bus was proceeding to Penukonda from Madakasira when it slipped into the valley 20 feet below. A majority of the victims are engineering students, who were proceeding to their college. The condition of eight students is said to be critical. Senior officials and police rushed to the spot and took up relief and rescue operation. The driver of the APSRTC bus with registration number AP28Z 1053 lost control over the wheel while reportedly trying to avoid hitting an auto rickshaw. The toll is likely to go up, police said. The injured passengers have been admitted to hospitals in Anantapur, Penukonda and Bangalore. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and leader of the opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy expressed shock over the mishap. The bus was carrying about 60 passengers. Information minister Palle Raghunath Reddy, who was in Vijayawada to attend a conference of district collectors, has left for Anantapur. He told media that negligence by the bus driver had led to the mishap. Meanwhile, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has sent three ministers to the accident site. Naidu has announced ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of those who died and Rs 2 lakh to those seriously injured. As road widening is in progress on Penukonda-Madakasira stretch, construction material was dumped at several points reducing the road width. The bus hit the protective wall on the road and fell into the valley.

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