Ten persons died and 26 others sustained injuries in a multi-vehicle collision in Telangana’s Siddipet district on Saturday evening, police said.

The accident involving a bus of the state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC), two trucks and a SUV occurred on Hyderabad-Ramagundam highway at Pragnapur in Siddipet district, about 60 km from here.

According to police, a bus proceeding to Mancherial from Hyderabad lost control and collided head-on with a truck coming from opposite direction on Rajiv Rahadari, as the highway is known. The truck hit the road divider and collided with a Qualis and a container lorry. The Qualis was crushed between the truck and container lorry.

Four women and two children were among 10 killed in the multi-vehicle collision. While seven of those killed belong to same family and were travelling in Qualis, the remaining three deceased were bus passengers.

As many as 26 passengers of the bus were also injured. They were shifted to government-run Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad here and the conditioned of four them is stated to be critical.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao expressed shock over the accident. He directed officials to provide better medical treatment to the injured. He conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved families.

Transport Minister Mahender Reddy ordered a probe into the accident. Irrigation Minister Harish Rao, who hails from Siddipet, said Rs 5 lakh compensation each would be paid to the families of the deceased.