Hyderabad At least 10 passengers were drowned and several others injured when a private Volvo bus coming to Hyderabad from Bhubaneshwar met with a ghastly accident near Mullapadu village inKrishna district in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to preliminary inquiry, the mishap occurred as the driver of the bus was in a sleepy and dozing condition while driving. The private bus belonging to Diwakar Travels, an agency owned by TDP MP from Anantapur JC Diwakar Reddy, was coming from Bhubaneshwar. It was on the way to Hyderababd after halting at Visakhapatnam when the accident occurred in the early hours.

The speeding bus reportedly jumped the railing and fell into a canal in between two flyovers. The front portion and backside of the bus were completely mangled and most of the passengers were trapped inside. Several passengers suffered head injuries and fractures. By the time police reached the spot, seven  passengers were found dead and almost all passengers in the bus sustained injuries. Three more, including a woman died at hospital. As the bus got stuck between a narrow gap between two culverts, it took a lot of time for the police to rescue the injured and some of them were already critical.

Seven of the total 11 deceased have been identified so far: Driver Adinarayana Reddy (Tadipatri), Tulasamma OF SantaBommali in Srikakulam boarded the bus at Tekkali to travel to Hyderabad. Madhusudan Reddy (traveling from Bhubaneswar to Hyderabad), Baldev Singh (Bhabaneswar to Hyderabad), Shaik Basha of Vijayawada and Nalabolu Krishna Reddy and Sekhar Reddy, both brothers of Suryapet.

Over 40 injured were admitted to hospitals in Nandigama andVijayawada and the condition of many is stated to be critical. Most of the passengers are stated to be from Vizag, Bhubaneshwar, Srikakulam andHyderabad.

It may be mentioned here that this is the second major incident involving the bus owned by Diwakar Travel agency. In October 2013, a Volvo bus of the company on lease to Jabbar Travels, coming from Bengaluru to Hyderabad caught fire at Kothakota in Mahbubnagar district in which 45 passengers were charred to death.

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