NALGONDA/HYDERABAD: Ten persons including a nine-month old boy were killed in a ghastly road accident near Indrapalanagaram village in Nalgonda district on Wednesday. The incident occurred as a bus belonging to the state-owned Telangana Road Transport Corporation collided with a truck coming in the opposite direction at around 4.10 pm. As many as 18 passengers sustained injuries and were shifted to various hospitals in Rammannapet. The condition of some of the passengers is said to be serious.
The Express bus from Narketpally depot was on its way from Bhongir to Nalgonda. As it neared Indrapalanagaram, a speeding lorry coming in the opposite direction lost control and collided head-on with the bus, damaging almost the entire right side of the bus.
The bus started its journey from Bhongir at around 3.30 pm and was scheduled to reach Nalgonda by 5 pm. Nine persons, including Yasa Mallareddy, the driver of the bus, were killed on the spot while another passenger succumbed at the hospital later. A total of 33 passengers were on board the bus when the accident took place.
The deceased include 5 women, four men and a 9-month old boy. The condition of one passenger was deemed to be critical and he was shifted to Hyderabad. The officials have identified seven of the deceased.
The three unidentified bodies were those of a 40 year-old male, 30 year-old female and a 9-month old boy. The passenger who succumbed to injuries at the hospital was identified as Tota Vijayalakshmi(24).
Energy minister G Jagadishwar Reddy, home minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy and transport minister P Mahendar Reddy rushed to the spot after hearing about the accident.