Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

32 feared dead as bus falls off bridge into river in India

Twenty-seven people were killed and five others injured after a bus fell into Banas river in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur district Twenty feared dead as bus plunges into river in Rajasthan
Cristina Norman | 25 December, 2017, 19:34

The mishap occurred near Dubi village, 20 km from Sawai Madhopur in eastern Rajasthan, when the private bus carrying about 45 passengers broke through a bridge wall and fell into the river.

Most of the passengers were reportedly heading to Uttar Pradesh.

The bus, which was ferrying pilgrims, fell after the driver lost control of the vehicle due to over-speeding.

Maman Singh, superintendent of Rajasthan Police, said the cause of crash would be subject to an inquiry. They have also said that impact on the bus and skid marks on the bridge suggest that speed of the bus was on or above 70 kms/hour.

A bus in India has plunged into a river, killing at least 33 people. He tweeted, " Anguished by the bus accident in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur district.

All the injured people have been admitted to the hospitals for treatment.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident and said his thoughts were with the families of the deceased. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje tweeted, "Took stock of the situation from the officials present on the spot and directed them to provide all possible assistance to the affected people".

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