Bengaluru: The death toll in bus accident in Karnataka’s Mandya district rose to 30 on Saturday. The accident was reported VC canal at Kanaganamaradi, 105 km South-West of Bengaluru. Among those killed were eight men, 13 women and nine children, the police said.
The accident happened when a speeding private bus swerved and toppled into a canal, completely submerging the vehicle and killing the victims instantaneously. The fate of the driver and conductor was not known.
As per the preliminary reports, negligence on the part of the driver may have caused the accident, an official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Officials have handed over most of the bodies to the family members. Most of those killed were from nearby Vadesamudra village, locals claimed, as per a PTI report.
Following the accident, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy rushed to the spot, cancelling all his official engagements. He has also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased.
“The Chief Minister has announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to the kin of the deceased. Deeply pained by the incident, he has prayed to God to give strength to the families of the deceased to help them bear the loss,” the Chief Minister’s office said.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and state opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa also expressed grief over the loss of lives.
“Extremely saddened to learn about the tragic bus accident in Mandya, Karnataka. Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and with the injured. I understand local authorities are making efforts to rescue and help affected passengers,” the President tweeted.
“Deeply pained by the bus accident in Karnataka’s Mandya. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased.May God give them strength in this hour of sadness: PM @narendramodi,”the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.
“I’m sorry to hear about the terrible bus accident in Mandya district of Karnataka, in which over 20 people are feared dead & many others injured. I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased & pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the driver.