The death toll in Monday evening’s accident in Hoskote taluk is likely to go up as the condition of some of the injured passengers is said to be critical.
Passengers injured in the accident have been admitted in MVJ Hospital and government hospital in Hoskote. According to Dr Y S Srinath, medical superintendent, MVJ Hospital, many victims were being brought to the hospital till late midnight.
As many as 13 victims were shifted to the hospital and two of them were later taken to Nimhans as they had suffered severe head injuries. Shailaja, one of the patients, was referred to St John’s Hospital in Bangalore.
Muniyamma (30), Suresh Gowda (29), Prabhakar (34), Shailaja (25), Srinivas (30), Chowdappa (40), Sujatha (29) and Amartaj (45) are undergoing treatment at MVJ Hospital. The doctor said that all these patients had either suffered a head injury or a fracture in their limbs.
Among the dead is 14-year-old Pushpa, who was travelling by the ill-fated mini bus, which collided with the Mantralaya-bound KSRTC bus, the police said. The KSRTC bus had departed from Srinivaspura in Kolar district in the evening.
The Nandagudi police said they had established the identity of some of the other deceased: Mahadevaiah, Lokesh, Ramappa, Narayanaswamy, Kempanna, Dilshad, Radha, Pavithra and Gowramma.
According to the medical officer at the Government Hospital, Hoskote, 10 bodies have been kept in the mortuary and the autopsy will be performed on Tuesday after obtaining police permission.
The Nandagudi police have registered a case and seized the two vehicles that were involved in the accident. Vehicular movement came to a halt for more than 30 minutes on the road, which connects Hoskote and Chintamani.
Traffic was restored on the road only after 8 pm.