At least 32 passengers died after a private bus they were travelling in lost balance on a bridge and fell into Banas river in Malarna Dungar area of Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur on Saturday, district collector said.
The accident occurred around 7:30am when the driver of the 34-seater bus from Madhya Pradesh was trying to overtake another vehicle.
The passengers were coming from Lalsot in Dausa to visit Ramdevra.
By 10am, 32 bodies were fished out from the bus after cutting the windows by a gas cutter and sent to mortuary of the district hospital. Of the deceased, 10 each were from Sawai Madhopur and Madhya Pradesh and five from Uttar Pradesh.
Locals gather at the accident site in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur. (HT Photo)
By 1pm, 33 bodies were fished out from the bus after cutting the windows by a gas cutter and sent to mortuary of the district hospital. Eighteen bodies have been identified that include 15 from Sawai Madhopur, 1 from Dausa and 2 from Uttar Pradesh. Ten 10 bodies were handed over to their families after post mortem.
Ambulances were called in to rush the injured and bodies to hospitals, said district collector Kailash Chand Verma who along with the superintendent of police reached the spot to oversee rescue operation.
All private hospitals were alerted to admit the injured. The bus was brought out from the river by a crane. Locals had also gathered at the site and helped in rescue operation.