An overcrowded state-run bus\u00a0swerved off the road and hurtled down the hillside into a\u00a0valley in Telangana's Jagtial district Tuesday, killing 52 people and wounding 20 others in one of the worst highway\u00a0tragedies in the state, police said. The deceased included 36 women and some of the victims\u00a0were pilgrims returning to Jagtial from the temple town of\u00a0Kondagattu after offering prayers at the famous Hanuman\u00a0temple. The accident involving the Telangana State Road\u00a0Transport Corporation (TSRTC) bus occurred on the ghat section\u00a0of the road near Shanivarapet village, about 200 km from state\u00a0capital Hyderabad. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the tragedy as\u00a0"shocking beyond words". The state's Finance Minister Etela Rajender said so\u00a0far 52 people have died, including 36 women and five children. Around 20 injured people are undergoing treatment in\u00a0different hospitals. "The bus accident in Telanganas Jagtial district is\u00a0shocking beyond words. Anguished by the loss of lives. My\u00a0thoughts and solidarity with the bereaved families. I pray that the injured recover quickly," Modi tweeted. According to information available so far, Rajender\u00a0said, 86 people had bought tickets and were proceeding to\u00a0Jagtial town when the accident occurred around 11 am. The\u00a0exact reason for the accident was being ascertained. The driver of the bus was among the deceased. Shrieks and wails pierced the valley at the scene of\u00a0the accident as women survivors mourned the death of their\u00a0dear ones. Locals, who were the first to pull out the survivors\u00a0and bodies, alleged that the road that was earlier closed some\u00a0time back over safety issues was reopened at the insistence of\u00a0TRTC officials to save on fuel as it brought down the travel\u00a0distance between Kondagattu and Jagtial. A local resident claimed the bus was overcrowded. A\u00a0TSRTC official said the vehicle had the seating capacity for\u00a054 people. Police and revenue officials rescued the injured with\u00a0the help of locals and rushed them to hospitals. They also\u00a0pulled out bodies from the mangled remains of the bus. The injured were rushed to hospitals in Jagtial and\u00a0neighbouring Karimnagar district, police said. "The bus is new, driver was also experienced. It is a\u00a0dangerous route. Earlier also there were accidents. We will\u00a0take all precautions by developing this road or diverting (the\u00a0services)," the minister said. It is suspected that the driver lost control near a\u00a0speed breaker resulting in the accident. However, the exact\u00a0reason is under investigation, Jagtial Superintendent of Police Sindhu Sharma said. Bus driver Srinivas (51) also\u00a0perished in the accident. Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao\u00a0expressed shock at the tragedy and announced a financial\u00a0assistance of Rs five lakh to the families of each of the deceased. He also asked officials to provide immediate medical\u00a0assistance to the injured, a CMO release said. Condoling the deaths, Telangana state Congress\u00a0president N Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded financial assistance of\u00a0Rs 10 lakh to the families of each of the deceased.