Karnataka: Five passengers killed as bus overturns near Koratagere in Tumkur

Karnataka: Five passengers killed as bus overturns near Koratagere in Tumkur :- Five people were killed, while 30 others were injured in an accident on Wednesday as the private bus in which they were travelling overturned near Jetti Agrahara in Koratagere taluk of Tumakuru district of Karnataka.

Karnataka: Five passengers killed as bus overturns

According to the report, the accident occurred at around 8:50 AM on October 30, 2019. Soon after the accident, over 30 injured passengers were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Three people were killed on the spot, while two succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital. There were 70 passengers in the bus that left Pavagada at 6.30 a.m. and was headed to Tumakuru. Residents of Jetti Agrahara and nearby villages rushed to the spot to help rescue the passengers who were trapped in the bus. The bus driver, Imran, who survived with minor injuries, was taken into police custody after being treated at Madhugiri taluk government hospital.

According to the photo tweeted by ANI, the bus can be seen toppled with some passengers trapped inside. Meanwhile, according to the eyewitnesses, the driver was speeding when an autorickshaw entered the main road from Baraka village road. The driver applied the brakes and tried to swerve to avoid hitting the autorickshaw but lost control of the wheel. A preliminary investigation into the accident revealed that the bus had overturned thrice after the driver’s failed attempt to press the brakes suddenly.

The deceased have been identified as Imran (18) from Gerahalli, Akram Pasha (28), a resident of Holavanahalli, Mohammed Sajad (19) of Koratagere, Shivakumar (27) of Pulumachinahalli in Madhugiri taluk, and Srinivas (40) of Kodigenahalli in Madhugiri taluk.

The former Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara, who visited Tumakuru district government hospital to meet with the injured passengers, demanded that the State government provide compensation of ₹5 lakh each to the family of the deceased. Mr. Madhuswamy said that he would speak to the Chief Minister about compensation.

Meanwhile, the Koratagere police have registered a case against the bus owner, Sujatha Jaganath, as well as the driver, Imran Baig. However, the driver and conductor of the bus, who escaped from the spot after the accident to avoid getting beaten up, were arrested.