1 killed, 7 students & teachers hurt as truck rams into school bus in Nellore

Expressing shock over the incident, Nellore MP Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy described the death of the cleaner as heartbreaking.
The windshield of the school bus was shattered in the accident on NH-16 near Kavali.
The windshield of the school bus was shattered in the accident on NH-16 near Kavali.Express

NELLORE: One person was killed while seven students and teachers sustained minor injuries after a truck crashed into a school bus on NH-16 near Kavali in Nellore district on Tuesday. There were 37 people, including the bus driver and cleaner, students and teachers, on the bus when the incident happened. The deceased has been identified as D Chinna Malakondaiah (60).

“The school bus belongs to RSR Educational Institutions. The incident took place when the students were on their way to school,” said Kavali Traffic DSP M Venkata Ramana.

The bus was turning towards the school when an oncoming truck rammed into it from behind, causing it to overturn. Passersby responded swiftly and rushed the injured to a nearby hospital in Kavali. On receiving the news about the accident, the parents of the students reached the hospital immediately.

Police arrived at the scene to manage traffic and launch an investigation into the incident. The overturned bus, which had blocked the road, was moved to restore traffic flow. The body of the deceased cleaner was transferred to a government hospital for post-mortem. “The driver of the truck abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene. The truck was seized and a case has been registered,” Venkata Ramana said. 

An injured student undergoing treatment at a hospital.
An injured student undergoing treatment at a hospital.Express

Keep school buses in good condition: Min

Soon after the accident, Human Resources Development Minister Nara Lokesh posted on X, “The incident of a lorry hitting a school bus near Kavali today has left me deeply worried. Sadly, a cleaner died in the accident. The authorities have been ordered to provide immediate better treatment to the children injured in the accident. School managements should keep their buses in condition and be vigilant about the fitness of the buses.”

Expressing shock over the incident, Nellore MP Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy described the death of the cleaner as heartbreaking. He voiced serious concern over the injuries suffered by the children and assured government assistance for the bereaved family.

The MP also pledged enhanced medical support for the injured students.

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