"The driver first hit a pole and but managed to steady the bus but again a little while later he hit another pole and the bus fell into a ditch on its side," recalled B. Pydiraju of Gorapalli, one of victim.

One person died and around 35 others were injured, 11 of them having sustained severe injuries, when a private bus fell on its side at Dorathota near Bheemunipatnam, around 30 km from here on Friday.

“There were around 40 persons in the hired bus,” said a worker.

The commuters were going to a shrimp export company for work.

“It was around 9 a.m. and the driver of the company bus seemed to be drunk.

He was going at high speed and refused to listen to us when we asked him to slow down.” “He first hit a pole and but managed to steady the bus but again a little while later he hit another pole and the bus fell into a ditch on its side,” recalled B. Pydiraju of Gorapalli, one of victims undergoing treatment at the Casualty Block of the King George Hospital (KGH) and is till in a dazed condition.

Casualty Medical Officer HRK Dora said that one Meesala Appala Raju (20) was brought dead while 11 severely injured were being scanned for fractures. The names of the injured are: G. Ram Babu (40), who seemed to have 100 per cent fractures, K. Kali Das (20), M. Chittemma (28), D. Sanyasamma (29), K. Yellayamma (30), R. Kondamma (45), B. Ganga (30), G. Gowri (35), B. Demudamma (30), N. Chittemma (28) and R. Paradesamma (35). Dr. Dora said that all the injured were out of danger. Bheemunipatnam Police are investigating the case.

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