Nearly 50 people lost their lives and many others sustained serious injuries when a state-owned bus fell into a gorge in Telangana’s Jagtial district on Tuesday about 190 km from Hyderabad, police said. The Telangana accident took place on the Kondagattu Ghat Road.

Among the deceased were 20 women and seven children, according to reports.

The bus belonging to the Telangana State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) slipped off the Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from Anjaneya Swamy temple atop Kondagattu Hills.

The bus was carrying more than 60 passengers when it met with the accident as the driver reportedly lost control while manoeuvering a speed breaker.

The injured were shifted to various hospitals in Jagtial, Karimnagar, and Hyderabad by the senior officials who rushed to the site and launched rescue and relief operations.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia each for the families of the dead.

The toll could go up as the condition of some of the injured was stated to be critical.

(With agency inputs)