Monday 17 December 2018

Dozens killed as bus plunges 65ft into river in western India

A bus has crashed in India, killing more than 30 people
A bus has crashed in India, killing more than 30 people

At least 33 people were killed after a passenger bus veered off a bridge and plunged 65ft into a river in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, police said.

Seven injured passengers were taken to hospital in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan state, 235 miles (375km) south of New Delhi, said police officer Narain Singh.

The speeding bus was trying to overtake another vehicle when it rammed through the bridge railing, said B L Soni, another police officer. It fell 65ft (20m) down into the Banas river.

The driver was among the dead, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

Rescuers have recovered 33 bodies from the river and all on board the bus have been accounted for, said Mr Singh. The victims, who were from various Indian states, were on their way to a nearby Hindu temple in Lalsot, a town in Rajasthan state, for pilgrimage.

The bus had picked up passengers from the Sawai Madhopur railroad station when it crashed around 7am, said Mr Singh.

AP

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