Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: Three persons were killed and 42 were injured when the private bus by which they were travelling fell into a ditch near Anaji lake on Davangere-Jagalur road, about 24 km from here, on Wednesday.

Eight of the injured are said to be in a serious condition.

The bus was coming to Davangere from Kotturu when the accident took place. Sandeep Patil, Superintendent of Police, who along with other senior police officers rushed to the spot, identified the dead as Asha (3), Ramaswamy Naik (28) and Shantha kumar (24).

Authorities at the Chigateri general hospital had a tough time accommodating the 42 injured people. Many of them were made to sleep on the floor in the hospital.