Bengaluru: Chief Minister Basawaraj Bommai announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased in a road accident in Hubballi.
“An amount of Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of those who died in an accident near Hubli,” the CM tweeted.
“Rs 2 lakh compensation from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. I thank PM Modi for announcing Rs 2 lakhs to family members,” Bommai added.
Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured in an accident involving a private bus and a truck on the Hubballi-Dharwad bypass road during the early hours of Tuesday, police said.
The bus was heading from Kolhapur in Maharashtra to Bengaluru, while the truck was plying from the opposite direction. The accident occurred after the bus driver allegedly lost control while trying to overtake a tractor and hit the truck head-on, police said.
Six people died on the spot, and two succumbed to injuries in hospital, they said. According to the police, the deceased include the two bus drivers and the truck driver.