Tirupati: Two Class X students were killed while seven including the driver were injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling turned upside down near Gelasamvari palle bus stop in Kalicherla hamlet of Peddamandyam Mandal in Chittoor district on Monday.
According to Peddamandyam SI M. Suresh Babu, eight students from the hamlet were going in a Qualis vehicle to write their exams to the centre at Peddamandyam when the accident occurred. The vehicle overturned when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle while trying to overtake another vehicle. The vehicle was said to be engaged for election campaigning by the Jana Sena party. The students requested the driver to drop them while on their way to the bus stop.
The deceased were identified as Srinivasulu, 15, and Ramachandra, 15. The police, on learning about the accident, reached the spot and shifted the injured to government hospital at Madanapalli. While Srinivasulu died on the spot, his classmate Ramachandra died when he was being shifted to the hospital in police vehicle.
The injured students and driver were later shifted to Ruia and SVIMS hospital in Tirupati for better treatment. Police registered a case and is investigating to find out the exact reasons for the accident.
Meanwhile, the District Collector P.S. Pradyumna expressed shock over the accident and directed the concerned education and medical and health officers to reach the hospital and ensure proper treatment to the injured. He asked the police to file a case against the driver who was responsible for the accident. The Collector also advised students to start early to the examination centres and reach safely without any hurry.