Kurnool: In a ghastly road accident on the National Highway No 44 at Madarpur villages near Veldurthi in Kurnool district where a minibus smashed into a lorry, 14 people including a two-year-old infant died on the spot while four others sustained serious injuries. All the dead belong to Ammacheruvu Mitta village near Madanapalle in Chittor district. The minibus coming towards Kurnool hit the lorry going on the opposite direction by jumping the road divider. The minibus operated by MBS travelers was carrying eighteen passengers at the time of the accident out of which 14 were killed instantly. Of the dead 8 were women and five male said the District SP Kagineelli Fakkeerappa. The injured Kasim (10), Mastan (12) are undergoing treatment at Kurnool General Hospital.
The scene at the accident site was heart-rendering as the dead bodies were stuck in the mangled minibus. A crane has to be pressed into service to extricate the bodies. Most of the bodies were severed, heads smashed and the blood was splattered on the road.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed grief over the mishap. Chief Minister Sri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed deep sorrow for the loss of human life, including women and children, in the road mishap at Madapuram of Veldurthi Mandal in Kurnool district. The Chief Minister instructed the concerned officials to take expedite relief and medical help and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members and wished speedy recovery of the injured.
Narrating the cause of the accident, the SP Fakkeerappa said the driver might have dozed off as the probable time of occurrence of the mishap was around 4:30 AM on Sunday. District Collector G Veera Pandian and SP Fakkeerappa rushed to the accident spot and oversaw the relief arrangements.