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Six killed as bus, maxi-cab collide

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE, JULY 30. In a road accident on Mysore-Madikeri State Highway on Monday involving a KSRTC bus and a maxi-cab, six labourers from Chittor District of Andhra Pradesh were killed at Kalabetta in Hunsur taluk near here.

While three persons were killed on the spot, one died at the Hunsur General Hospital. The others died of injuries on the way to Mysore. Police sources said that more than 30 people, a majority of them travelling in the maxi-cab, were injured and had been admitted to various hospitals in Hunsur and Mysore. The condition of at least 15 injured is said to be critical.

The mishap occurred at about 9.15 a.m. at Kalabetta, near Hunsur when the KSRTC bus, bound for Holenarasipur, collided with the maxi-cab which was on its way to Mysore. The sources said that several persons had been admitted to private hospitals making it difficult to ascertain the correct number of injured. However, they pointed out that quick action by motorists reduced the toll as the injured were moved to different health-care centres soon after the mishap.

Four of the dead had been identified. They are Mehaboob, Mallikarjuna, Kadri Govinda and Uttanna, all from Chowda Samudra in Chittor District. Two bodies had been kept at the K. R. Hospital mortuary and the rest at the Hunsur General Hospital. Arrangements were being made to send the bodies to Chittor. It is said that the maxi-cab was overcrowded with labourers who had come to cut trenches for laying telephone cables. They were on their way back home.

The injured Venkataramu, Badulla, Rudregowda, Thimmegowda, Srimudu, Chandru, Badal, Pushpavathi and Shekar have been admitted to K. R. Hospital. Those who have been admitted to the Hunsur General Hospital included Ramappa (28), Mallamma (45), Narasimha (35), Krishnamurthy (35), Bandi Moulali (25), Chand Pasha (35), Bawa Faqruddin (30), Mehaboob Sab (30), Reddappa (14), Fakeer (40) and Ramaswamy (40).

The driver of the KSRTC bus is said to be absconding. The Hunsur Rural Police have registered a case.

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