Ramakanta Biswas

At least five people were killed while 30 others were injured after a passenger bus overturned near Malkangiri early Monday.

As per initial reports, the bus belonging to Sangita Travels with 60 passengers was on its way to Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh from Chinnapally in Odisha. The accident occurred when the driver apparently lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn. 

Alerted by the passersby, police rushed to the scene and launched a rescue and relief operation.

While three persons died on the spot, two others succumbed at a government hospital at Bhadrachalam in Telangana. All the deceased hailed from Odisha. 

Three of the deceased were identified as Dhaneswar Dalapati (24), Jeetu Harijan (5) and Nunena Harijan (2). The victims are all from Odisha and were coming to Vijayawada to work as labourers. The injured were admitted to a hospital at Bhadrachalam. 

The survivors alleged that the bus driver was under the influence of alcohol and was driving the vehicle in a rash manner.

Police said they have registered a case and took up further investigation. 

(With agency input)