Staff Reporter

KHAMMAM: Four persons were killed and 18 others hurt in a road accident near Lankapali in Penubali mandal in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to reports, the accident occurred when a Volvo bus, on its way from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam, collided with a container lorry coming from the opposite direction. The victims were identified as Gopi, 40, bus driver, Rahim, 35, substitute driver and Anitha, 40, one of the occupants.

The bus driver and cleaner were among the dead.

A majority of the injured wre from Visakhapatnam. They were given first aid at Sathupalli Government Hospital and shifted to the district headquarters hospital.

The impact of the collision was such that the chassis of the bus was damaged extensively.

So was the case with the lorry which was transporting automobile spare parts from Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad.

The Penuballi police are investigating.