In a tragic mishap, at least 27 people died and several injured after a passenger bus fell off a bridge in Banas river in Sawai Madhopur’s Dubi area in Rajasthan on Saturday, reported news agency. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital. Rescue operations are underway.
The accident took place early morning in Soorwal police station area when the bus was destined to reach Lalsot from Sawai Madhopur. The driver of the bus lost control over the bus and it fell into the river Banas after breaking the railing of the bridge, the police said.
Most of the passengers were from other states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam. Many of them were going to pay a visit to a temple in Malarna Chour in the district, Sawai Madhopur Superintendent of Police Mamman Singh told Press. Most of the people died due to drowning including the bus driver, he added.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje took to Twitter to express her condolences and support for the victims. She added that she has spoken to officials and is apprised of the situation.
“A total of 27 people were killed and five injured after bus fell into Banas river in Rajasthan’s Swai Madhopur district, the SP was quoted as saying by Press.