Twenty eight passengers had a providential escape when the bus they were travelling in veered away into fields next to the road on NH 44 in Anantapur district.

A Garuda Plus service of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, a Mercedes Benz with registration no AP29 Z 3200, bound to Hyderabad, left Bangalore at around 9 p.m. on Saturday with 28 passengers.

At around 1 a.m. when the bus was near Kanaganapalli crossroads on NH 44, it suddenly veered off the highway into the fields next to it, falling over its side. While none of the passengers suffered grievous injuries, almost everyone sustained minor bruises, APSRTC officials said.

They also said the driver had informed them about the steering wheel getting stuck all of a sudden, preventing him from taking any action.

Meanwhile, the APSRTC authorities said that all passengers were accommodated in two luxury services of the corporation bound to Hyderabad within an hour.