11 killed as bus plunges into canal in Andhra

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Vijayawada, Feb 28: At least 11 persons were killed and 30 injured when a private bus fell off a bridge into a canal in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh early Tuesday, officials said.

The bus heading to Hyderabad from Bhubaneswar hit a bridge divider and plunged through the gap between the two lanes into the canal near Mollapadu.

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The Volvo bus belonging to Diwakar Travels met with the accident a few minutes after crossing Vijayawada.

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The front portion of the bus was badly damaged. As many passengers were trapped and the rescue workers used gas cutters to pull them out.

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There were 44 passengers in the bus. While nine died on the spot, two succumbed at a hospital here.

The toll may rise further as some of the injured are in critical condition.

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