STORY: An overcrowded bus plunged into a gorge in India’s southern Telangana state on Tuesday (September 11), killing at least 55 people and injuring several more, in one of the worst such accidents this year.
Finance Minister of India’s Southern Telangana State, Etela Rajender, said 20 to 24 injured people were being treated in the hospital and 52 were dead, however three more deaths were reported later.
The bus, a part of the state-run network was returning from a hilltop temple carrying 94 people in the district of Jagtial, about 190 kms (118 miles) from Hyderabad, the state capital. Reportedly, the driver lost control and the bus skidded off the road and fell into the valley.
“The bus accident … is shocking beyond words,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on social network Twitter. “Anguished by the loss of lives.”
India has the world’s deadliest roads, with almost 150,000 people killed in accidents in 2016, the latest government data shows, up 3.2 percent from a year earlier.