Telangana witnessed yet another major accident on Tuesday and at least seven people were killed and several others injured, when the bus that they were travelling on, was rammed by a truck in Chenjerla village in Karimnagar district.
The incident took place a few km away from the city, as the bus was reportedly travelling from Huzurabad to Karimnagar.
Visuals of the accident on Tuesday doing the rounds show a gaping hole in a state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) bus, as a large part of the vehicle was torn open on impact.
The speeding truck also reportedly hit two more bikers before coming to a halt.
Locals rushed to the vehicle and pulled out mangled bodies from the bus. Ambulances soon arrived and the injured were shifted to local hospitals nearby.
While the reason for the accident is yet to be ascertained, the police suspect that it was overspeeding which resulted in the incident. They said that a thorough investigation would be launched into the accident.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also expressed condolences to the families of the deceased.
Finance Minister and Huzurabad legislator Etela Rajender also rushed to the spot, to oversee rescue operations.
Speaking to reporters, the Minister said, "It was very painful for me. One truck was trying to overtake another lorry and ended up hitting the bus in the process. The state government will take care of treatment for the injured and bear all costs."
Traffic was stalled on the state highway for a short time, until the police stepped in and got other vehicles moving.
#BreakingNewsâ€” Rahul Singh (@rahulreports) May 29, 2018
7 killed 15 injured in when a RTC bus rammed into a lorry in #Mankonduru Mandal of #Karimnagar district, #Telangana. Minister @EtelaRajender is rushing to the spot. pic.twitter.com/bFa2s6Ew1V
Two days back jarigina incident marchipokamunde, one more bus accident occurred near Manakondur, Karimnagar. pic.twitter.com/iFE8MEoUx8â€” Manasa Biyyala (@manasabkrao) May 29, 2018
This comes just days after 10 people were killed and 26 others injured in a multi-vehicle collision in Telangana's Siddipet district.
The accident involved a TSRTC bus, two trucks and an SUV and occurred on the Hyderabad-Ramagundam highway, about 60 km from the stateâ€™s capital city of Hyderabad.
Transport Minister Mahender Reddy ordered a probe into the accident. Irrigation Minister Harish Rao, who hails from Siddipet and is also the local legislator, said Rs 5 lakh compensation each would be paid to the families of the deceased.