Two people on a motorcycle were killed after being hit by an APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) bus in Prakasam district on Sunday. The incident occurred near the Darimadugu village in Markapuram mandal, Deccan Chronicle reported.
The bus, which was speeding, swerved to avoid a collision with an oncoming truck, hit the motorcycle and then overturned. According to Hindu, there were 22 passengers in the overturned bus. While all passengers survived the accident, six of them suffered injuries. The bus was on its way from Kadapa to Srisailam.
According to Hindu, Markapuram CI informed that both men on the motorcycle died on the spot. While the motorcyclist, Sheik Abdul Rahman (32) is reported to be a fruit merchant from Markapur, the pillion rider, Sheik Zinda Saheb (17), was an engineering student from Kurnool district. The duo are said to have been returning from a wedding when the accident took place.
The injured passengers were treated at the Markapuram government hospital before they returned to their hometowns.
Earlier in September, an APSRTC bus driver died in an accident on NH-44 in Anantapur district, when the bus hit a cement truck. The bus had been going from Nandyal to Bengaluru. According to the police, the driver had fallen asleep and hit the truck from behind. 12 passengers were injured in the accident.
In another incident in Prakasam district in July, 35 passengers were injured after an APSRTC bus hit a tree. It was believed that the driver had lost control of the vehicle because of being overworked.
In the same month, another accident involving an APSRTC bus occurred in Visakhapatnam district, in which 8 people, including the driver, were injured. The accident occurred when the bus hit a stationary lorry on the highway, which was left in the middle of the road after hitting the median.