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Mangled metal:The APSRTC bus that met with an accident in Yellapur taluk of Uttara Kannada district on Monday.
HUBLI: An Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) bus carrying Sabrimala pilgrims fell into a valley after hitting two vehicles, resulting in the death of two pilgrims and the driver, on Monday.
The accident occurred at Arabail Ghat near Chinnapur village of Yellapur taluk in Uttar Kannada district on National Highway 63.
According to the police and eye-witnesses, the accident occurred when the bus driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a steep curve and hit a multi-utility vehicle and then a car.
As many as 23 persons were injured in the accident.
The injured were treated at Yellapur Government Hospital. By evening, the police made arrangements for a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus to carry the injured pilgrims to their native place.
Police inspector of Yellapur Circle, Gopalkrishna Naik, who supervised the relief work, gave the names of the victims as B. Ramesh (46), Bonala Narasimhaswamy (29) and C.H. Anjaiah (38), driver of the bus.
The police said the pilgrims were from East Maredpally in Secunderabad, and in all 42 persons, including two drivers, were in the bus.
While four persons in the multi-utility vehicle suffered injuries, the person driving the car that fell into ditch had a lucky escape.
Sridhar Hebbar who fractured his limbs, has been admitted to a private hospital in Hubli. One of the injured, who was travelling by the multi-utility vehicle, has been admitted to the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital in Hubli.
The Yellapur police have registered a case.
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