Fifteen people, mostly college students, were killed and 30 others injured when a state-run bus in which they were traveling fell down a dug up area adjoining a hilly road in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district, on Wednesday.

Among the 15 deceased were 10 college students, including a girl, a forest guard and some other passengers, a police official said. Police added 14 persons died on the spot, four others died in various hospitals of Penukonda, Hindupur and also Bengaluru. “Condition of at least another seven victim is serious due to injuries,” said a doctor at Hindupur hospital.

“The toll has risen to 15 with the death of some injured persons undergoing treatment at different hospitals. Most of the deceased are college students. At least 30 others are undergoing treatment at different hospitals in Bengaluru, Anantapur, and Penukonda,” Deputy superintendent of police, Penukonda (Sub-Division), N Subbarao said.

       The accident occurred at around 8.30am between Madakasira and Penukonda ghat road in the district where a long stretch of the area adjoining the road had been dug up and the road was being leveled, said the DSP, who is monitoring the rescue and relief work. AP Home Minister N Chinna Rajappa ordered an inquiry into the mishap.

       As they were approaching many organizations for the fund, we assisted them financially.