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AP mishap: PM condoles loss of lives

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on June 13, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the death of 22 pilgrims, including seven children, in a road mishap in Andhra Pradesh, terming the incident “saddening and unfortunate”.

The pilgrims’ group, which was returning from a visit to Tirupati temple, met with the tragedy in the early hours as the vehicle they were travelling in fell off a bridge at Dowleswaram near Rajahmundry.

“Loss of lives due to a bus accident in East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh is saddening and unfortunate. My deepest condolences,” the Prime Minister said.

Among the deceased are seven children, eight women and seven men, including the driver of the vehicle, who was also its owner, he added. The pilgrims hailed from Achyutapuram near Visakhapatnam.

A boy, who sustained injuries, is the lone survivor of the mishap. He is undergoing treatment at a hospital.

According to preliminary information, the driver of the vehicle appeared to have lost control and it crashed through the railing of the bridge.

Published on June 13, 2015
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