KURNOOL: In a tragic incident, at least thirteen people were killed and several others injured after a speeding tourist bus crashed into an SUV in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool district on Saturday. The accident occurred on NH 44, Hyderabad-Bengaluru highway, between a private bus and a Jeep, resulting in the death of those traveling in the Jeep.
According to locals, the Jeep reportedly rammed into bus resulting in fatalities. The death count is likely to increase. The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals. Pictures of the accident, released by news agency ANI, show people crowded around the vehicles, a white and yellow tourist bus, and a Ford Gurkha. Under the impact of the collision with the bus, the SUV is seen tilted on one side.
News agency PTI reported that the private bus belonged to SRS travels and was going from Hyderabad to Bengaluru, crashed into the SUV as it tried to avoid collision with a two-wheeler. The police said that the collision was so strong that 10 people died on the spot. The death count is likely to increase. The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals.
"The jeep was badly mangled. Many passengers were trapped inside. We pulled out four injured passengers and shifted them to the government hospital in Kurnool for treatment," a senior police official told PTI.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam party Supremo N Chandrababu Naidu condoled deaths in the accident. "Authorities have been ordered to provide immediate treatment to the injured. I express my deepest condolences to the families of the deaf," he tweeted.
PM Narendra Modi's office's tweeted on his behalf, "The road accident in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool is deeply unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope the injured recover quickly."