PM Modi condoles death of Kurnool accident victims, wishes speedy recovery to injured
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of 14 people in a road accident in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool on Sunday and wished speedy recovery to the injured.
"The road accident in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district is saddening. In this hour of sadness, my thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. I hope that the injured recover at the earliest," his office said in a tweet.
Earlier this morning, a van and a truck collided on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad highway in Kurnool district after the van, carrying 18 people, was crushed under the wheels of the truck and was dragged for a few metres before coming to a halt.
The driver sought locals’ help to pull the injured out of the van. All the survivors of the accident, near the Madhapuram village of the district’s Veldurthi block, are children aged between around 10 years.
While 14 people died on the spot, the four injured, identified as Yasmin, Asma, Kasim and Mustaq, were admitted to the Kurnool government general hospital for treatment. The bodies of the deceased have also been sent for autopsy.
Police said, “They were on a long-drive to Ajmeer Dargah in Rajasthan in their van. It is not exactly known whether the accident happened because the driver of the tempo traveller van was drowsy or its tyres had exploded.”
Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed grief and asked district collector G Veerapandian and superintendent of police Fakeerappa to take up rescue operations immediately.
“Pained to learn about the gruesome accident that took place in Veldurthi Mandal of Kurnool District. My heart goes out to the 14 families who have lost their loved ones. I wish speedy recovery to those injured,” former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu wrote on Twitter.