At least 14 people travelling in a jeep were killed after a speeding bus collided with the vehicle in Veldurthi of Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district. Six more passengers were injured and have been hospitalised, police said.
The victims, all related to each other, were the residents of Ramavaram in Gadwal district of Telangana. They were returning home after attending a marriage ceremony when the accident took place.
The luxury bus, proceeding from Hyderabad to Bengaluru, rammed into the jeep that swerved into the other side of the highway in order to avoid a two-wheeler. As the bus was moving at high speed, the impact of the collision was heavy which left 10 dead on the spot, police said.
“The jeep was badly mangled and many other passengers were trapped inside. We have pulled out four injured passengers so far and shifted them to the government hospital in Kurnool for treatment,” PTI reported a senior police official as saying.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and leader of the Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy expressed shock over the accident.
Some passengers in the bus received minor injuries, police said.
(With inputs from PTI)