Head on collision between buses near Kateel injures 30 passengers.

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Mangaluru, February 20: Head-on collision occurred between two buses near Kateel here on Thursday February 19th injuring as many as thirty passengers.


The accident took place when the private bus plying from Balavinagudde to Mangaluru via Kateel knocked the tourist bus in a turn near Kateel church.


The service bus was carrying several passengers including school and college students who have suffered injuries.


It is learnt that there were about 15 passengers in the tourist bus, who had arrived from Shira of Tumakuru district. The tourists are members of Thimmappa Swamy Sangha, and had been on a tour to Sigandur, Udupi and other places and on Thursday, were on their way to Dharmasthala after visiting Kateel Shree Durgaparameshwari Temple.


The injured have been identified as bus driver Manjunath, Dinesh, Indira, Renuka, Kokila, Supriya, Mamatha, Jyothi, Soumya, Gangadhar, Jyoti, Harish, Jampakka, Shankravva, Vinitha, Kaveramma, Divya, Thimakka, Rajanna, and Yashodhamma.


Locals said that the dangerous curves on this stretch was the reason behind the accident. The bus driver had tried best to avoid the accident, but was in vain, they said.

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