Published On: Tue, Feb 28th, 2017

11 killed, 30 injured as bus plunges into canal in Andhra Pradesh

Vijayawada: At least 11 persons were killed and 30 injured when a private bus fell off a bridge into a canal in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh early Tuesday.

There were 44 passengers in the bus

The illfated bus was coming from Vizag to Hyderabad when it fell into a river channel under the bridge near Moolapadu village under Penuganchiprolu mandal in Krishna district, said an official.

The incident happened at 5.30 am in the morning, after bus driver, A Narayana Reddy, fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed the vehicle into a road divider following which the bus fell into a culvert under the bridge.

The Volvo bus belonging to Diwakar Travels met with the accident a few minutes after crossing Vijayawada.

The front portion of the bus was badly damaged. As many passengers were trapped and the rescue workers used gas cutters to pull them out.

There were 44 passengers in the bus. While nine died on the spot, two succumbed at a hospital here.

The toll may rise further as some of the injured are in critical condition.

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