40 Killed in  Bus Accident in Andhra Pradesh
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An AP State Road Transport Corporation bus ran over pedestrians in Secunderabad on Wednesday, injuring at least eight people during the accident.

The mishap took place at 1 pm in China Bazaar near the Secunderabad Railway Station. The public bus injured eight people, out of which six were pedestrians and the rest were on a two wheeler.

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All the injured have been reportedly taken to a nearby hospital, according to NDTV. The accident occurred due to the failure of brakes, the driver of the bus told police.

Following the tragic bus accident in Mahabubnagar, a report by the Andhra Pradesh traffic police showed that APSRTC buses account for 10-11 percent of all road mishaps in a year.

"This year, the state-run vehicles accounted for 210 of a total 1,994 road mishaps till October," reported the Hindu.

As per the data revealed by the traffic police, the state-owned buses were involved in 288 of a total of 2,577 accidents (11 per cent) in capital city of Hyderabad in 2012. In 2011, there were 293 (11 per cent) accidents caused by APSRTC buses, out of 2,651 road mishaps.

"In most cases, the accidents take place when people try to board running buses, or when they try to get down before the bus comes to a halt. A majority of the victims are youngsters who aren't very careful when they travel in buses," Koteshwar Rao, APSRTC Executive Director (Greater Hyderabad Zone), told the daily.

There have been frequent complaints against the RTC bus drivers that they rarely stop at the designated spots, forcing the passengers to run after the vehicle.