Hyderabad: Even as the toll in the Kondagattu bus accident touched 60 with three more deaths reported on Wednesday, heart-rending tales of families trying to preserve bodies for the kin to arrive from Gulf countries, narrow escapes and horrific deaths surfaced as survivors and relatives tried to cope with reality.
Three injured persons who were undergoing treatment along with 43 others breathed their last in three different hospitals in Karimnagar and Hyderabad. Official sources from Jagitial district confirmed that the three had sustained serious head injuries and multiple fractures when the TSRTC bus with 100-odd passengers on board plummeted down a boulder-dotted hillside.
The final rites of 57 persons were performed in their villages on Wednesday with Shanivarampet village alone accounting for 13 funerals. The villagers bid a tearful adieu to the deceased.
Return to old practice
Meanwhile, families of victims belonging to Dabbuthimmaipalli, Shanivarampet and Himmathraopet of Kodimial mandal, faced with a shortage of freezer boxes, returned to the old practice of placing them on ice slabs and covering them with paddy husk, particularly in the case of close kin living in the Gulf.
In an irony of sorts, a full term pregnant woman, instead of bringing a new life into the world, also died in the accident. Her delivery date was Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the condition of another four passengers who were kept on ventilator at Sunshine hospital in Hyderabad was also said to be critical. The health bulletin from the hospital said they were kept under observation and would take another 24 hours to give a clear picture of their health condition.