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Tungaram accident: corrective steps yet to be taken at bridge

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School bags of the victims still lying scattered at the site

SHELLSHOCKED:School bags of the victims of Tuesday's accident still lying scattered underneath the bridge near Tungaram village in Khammam district on Thursday and a relative of a victim stands in despair at the accident site.— PHOTO: G.N. RAO
SHELLSHOCKED:School bags of the victims of Tuesday's accident still lying scattered underneath the bridge near Tungaram village in Khammam district on Thursday and a relative of a victim stands in despair at the accident site.— PHOTO: G.N. RAO

Even 48 hours after the ghastly road accident involving a private school bus at Tungaram village, the dangerous conditions on the narrow bridge across a stream near the village continued to exist posing potential danger to road users.

The uneven surface of the bridge, which has no railing, is believed to be one of the main reasons that led to the devastating private school bus accident killing eight children and injuring about 25 others on Tuesday. The potholes at the very beginning of the bridge remained unattended. It is suspected that the cleaner of the ill-fated bus, who allegedly drove the vehicle, had lost balance over the steering while negotiating the pothole-ridden bridge and landed the vehicle in the stream. The school bags of the deceased children were found lying scattered at the accident site even on Thursday. On the other hand, the management of the LV Reddy memorial school has failed to respond to the notice issued by the school education authorities concerned on Tuesday's accident. The authorities concerned have made alternative arrangements to enable the class X students of the school to attend the ensuing SSC public examination.

Eight buses seized

The Road Transport Officials have seized eight private school buses during surprise checks here on Thursday. The action comes close on the heels of Tuesday's private school bus accident in which eight schoolchildren were killed and more than 25 students injured. The officials conducted checks at different places in and around the town in the afternoon and seized as many as eight buses belonging to different educational institutions when the drivers concerned failed to produce the requisite documents, sources added. Meanwhile, Collector Siddharth Jain directed the road transport officials to inspect the condition of all the private school buses and ensure strict compliance of the safety regulations in force. He reviewed the functioning of the private schools at a meeting.


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