Hyderabad, June 24: As many as 24 people were killed on Sunday in two separate road accidents in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Fourteen women and a child lost their lives after a tractor-trolley fell into a canal in the Yadadri district of Telangana, while nine people died when the auto they were travelling in collided with a bus in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Also Read - Telangana: 3-year-old Who Fell Into Borewell Could Not be Rescued Alive, Body Found Today Morning
In the first accident that took place in Telangana, the tractor driver apparently lost control while avoiding a two-wheeler coming from the opposite direction. The tractor-trolley fell into the Musi river canal near Laxmapuram village at around 10 am, police said. Also Read - Telangana Latest News: All Shops, Except Malls, to Reopen Today Onwards in Hyderabad to Curb Overcrowding
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The injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital, Assistant Commissioner of Police S Ramesh, who is monitoring rescuing operation, told PTI over phone.
In the second accident, nine people were killed and four others injured when an autorickshaw and an Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) bus collided at Somayajulapalle in Kurnool district in the early hours of Sunday.
The autorickshaw was coming on the wrong side when the APSRTC bus hit it on the Kurnool-Nandyal main road, police and the corporation told PTI.
There were around 13 passengers in the seven-seater autorickshaw which was going to Mahanandi.
Seven of them were killed on the spot while two others succumbed to injuries in a hospital in Kurnool.
The four injured, including the auto driver, had been admitted to the government hospital in Kurnool, a senior police official said.
“The accident occurred only because the auto plied on the wrong direction. We are enquiring with the RTC bus driver on how exactly it happened,” the official said.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Transport Minister K Atchannaidu, RTC Chairman Varla Ramaiah and Managing Director N V Surendra Babu expressed grief over the accident.
(With PTI inputs)