Diwakar Travels bus falls from bridge at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh
About 10 passengers died and 30 passengers suffered from severe injuries when a speeding private bus hit over road divider and fell into a culvert near to Moolapadu in Penuganchiprolu mandal near Vijayawada on Tuesday.
Many injured people are said to be rushed to hospitals at Nandigama, Gollapudi and Vijawada. About eight of them are said to be in critical condition
Police officials stated that bus which belongs to Diwakar Travels was said to be going from Bhubaneswar to Hyderabad carrying about 45 persons including a cleaner and two drivers. Most of the passengers boarded in the bus were from Bhubaneswar (14), Brahmapur (2), Srikakulam (15), Tekkali (4) and Visakhapatnam (15). One among the passengers from Bhubaneswar got down at Visakhapatnam and five others disembarked in Vijayawada before the incident occurred.
Incident happened around 6 am when the bus said to be reached at Moolapadu. Bystanders informed police that bus fell to the culvert in gap between two bridges. Its said that many passengers were asleep when this incident took place. A passerby rescued many injured passengers and shifted them to hospitals. Its said that at least seven passengers were died on the spot while three others were succumbed to injuries.
Police suspect that the bus driver might have fallen asleep and hence forth the accident could have happened. Bus was driven at high speed which was crashed through 3 ft high wall of the bridge. Transport officials stated that the documentation was proper.
Rescue workers were difficult enough in removing up the mangled bodies curshed between two seats inside the bus. It took about four hours to remove all bodies and injured passengers from the bus.