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Eight children between the ages of five and ten years, were killed and 20 others seriously injured when the school bus in which they were returning home plunged into a stream in Khammam district on Tuesday

40 students of L.V. Reddy Memorial School were packed into the bus after the driver picked them up from Vepalagadda village in Kothagudam mandal. The bus suddenly fell off a narrow bridge which had no parapet wall across Peddavagu stream, eyewitness in Tungaram village in Chandrugonda mandal said.

Six students died instantaneously while two others succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Kothagudem. Local shepherds rushed to the rescue of the children and saved many, Police are investigating whether the cleaner was driving the bus.

Negligent driving, the narrow road abutting the stream and the poor condition of the vehicle proved

Rescue teams of Singareni Collieries were pressed into action. They lifted the school bus using a huge crane. District Collector Siddharth Jain and Additional SP Prakash Jadhav rushed to the scene and monitored rescue operations.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy expressed shock and anguish over the accident and announced ex gratia of Rs.50,000 to the families of the deceased children and Rs.25,000 to the injured.
Tue 20 Mar, 2012,11:32:26 PM
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