Thirteen people were killed and 17 injured when a Tirupati-bound Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus from Tumkur collided with a sand-laden lorry near Mulbagal in Kolar district on Monday.
The tragedy occurred at Sreerangapur Gate in Nangli police station limits around 2.30 p.m. The driver of the bus Gangadharaiah (50) was among the victims. While nine were killed on the spot, four died at the R.L. Jalappa Hospital in Kolar, where they were admitted.
By late evening, the authorities were trying hard to identify the bodies of the victims. The police were able to identify only 10 people, three among whom were from Bangalore. The people identified are Nagamani, Narayanamma and Bharati Brahmachari (all from Bangalore), Nagesh and his wife Divya (Kolar), Vijayamma (Mulbagal) Rajashekhar and Likhitkumar (Palamner in Andhra Pradesh).
Narasimharaju, the conductor who has been admitted to a government hospital in Mulbagal, said that 31 passengers were in the bus at the time of the accident. Though the bus started from Tumkur, all the passengers alighted in Bangalore and a new lot boarded in Bangalore and Kolar. They were travelling towards Tirupati and other places in Andhra Pradesh. Fifteen had purchased tickets for Tirupati, six for Chittoor and four to Palamner, he said.
The Divisional Controller of KSRTC has announced an ex gartia payment of Rs. 2.5 lakh each to the families of the dead persons.