Ravinder Reddy is a somewhat relieved, if still very concerned man. His son Kandula Sujith Reddy is in the ICU at Andhra Hospital in Golapudi, but his condition has reportedly been stabilized. Four of Sujith’s college-mates, however, were not as lucky and were killed when the bus they were travelling in along with other students of the Osmania Medical College met with an accident on Monday.
The accident happened at around 11 pm at Gollapudi in Krishna District in Vijayawada, as the bus was returning from KIMS Amalapuram medical college with students returning from a sports meet.
Police officials told The News Minute that five people, including the driver, were killed and two students have been hospitalized in a serious condition. The police confirmed that the accident occurred as a result of the negligence of the driver.
''This accident took place because of the negligence of the driver from Dhanunjaya travels. The driver was drunk and was over speeding the bus and the accident happened. All the students who were travelling in the bus requested the driver to drive slowly but he didn't listen to them. He also died on the spot,” officials added.
Another 18 students reportedly suffered minor injuries.
Ravinder Reddy, who is from Kadapa, said, “My son’s condition is stable now, but doctors are keeping him under observation for another 24 hours. They said that his condition can only be confirmed after 24 hours. Right now I am just waiting for my son's condition to get stable and once he gets well, I will take a strict action against the travels [which organized the bus and driver].”
College authorities have suspended classes for two days on March 15 and 16 as a mark of condolence to the families of the students who were killed.