Karkala: School Excursion Vehicle Rolls into Gorge – Teacher Dead, 27 Injured

Karkala: A Tempo vehicle carrying students from Government HP School in Bendalagatti in Kalaghatgi taluk of Dharwad district rolled over on Mullur ghat road between Bajagoli and SK Border around 5-45 pm on Thursday, Dec 24.

Basavaraj S Dudugi (38), a Kannada teacher in the school, fell under the vehicle and died on the spot. Twentyseven others were severely injured. The condition of four of them is said to be alarming.

The group consisting of students, teacher and school development committee members has left from Bendalaghatti in the early hours of Dec 23. On their itinerary were prominent pilgrimage centres in Uttar Kannada, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Chikkamagaluru.

After visiting Gokarna, Murudeshwar and Kollur temples, they stayed overnight in Sringeri. While on their way from there early on Thursday morning, they visited the Horanadu temple.

Next they were heading towards Dharmasthala and Subrahmanya, but the vehicle met with the mishap. Passersby and residents from neighbouring villages showed remarkable response by running to their assistance. In the hospitals in Karkala where they were given treatment, many citizens supplied fruits.

Other students were accommodated in hostels and Jain tourist homes. A case has been registered in Karkala rural police station.

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