Dozens dead in Rajasthan bus crash after vehicle plunged into river

25 December, 2017, 19:31 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • Bus falls into river in Rajasthan

At least 33 people, including four children, were killed and seven others injured on Saturday when a bus plunged into Banas river after veering off a 100-foot bridge in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur district, police sources said.

According to the police, the private bus lost control and fell into the river, breaking the railings of the bridge.

An ex gratia of 2 lakhs was announced by Rajasthan government for the bereaved and 50,000 to the injured.

The accident took place early morning in Soorwal police station area when the bus was destined to reach Lalsot from Sawai Madhopur.

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Most of the people died due to drowning including the bus driver, he said.

While 27 bodies have been fished out of the river, those injured have been admitted to a local hospital, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences for the deaths. She added that she has spoken to officials and is apprised of the situation. He tweeted, " Anguished by the bus accident in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur district. Meanwhile, rescue operation is underway.

The bus being pulled out of the Banas river on Saturday. Driver fatigue, negligence, and poorly maintained roads and vehicles cause many crashes.

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