Amaravati: Four school students and an auto driver were killed and three other students were injured when a State-run bus collided with the autorickshaw they were travelling in at Repadu village in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, police said on Thursday.

Poor visibility due to fog apparently caused the mishap in which the State Road Transport Corporation (RTC) bus, on its way to Srisailam, collided head-on with the auto that was carrying the students to school, a police official said over

phone. The seven Class X students started off as usual in the auto to go to school at Perecherla, when tragedy struck at Repadu village, said to be an accident-prone zone.

The students belonged to Vemavaram village. “The deceased students have been identified as Gayatri, Renuka, Sailaja and Karthik Reddy and the auto driver Dhanraj,” the police official said. The three injured students were shifted to a private hospital in Guntur for treatment, a communique from the Health Minister’s office said.

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