33 killed in Rajasthan bus accident

Rajasthan 26 dead after bus falls off bridge into river

The bus, which fell off the bridge into the river Banas killing 33 people in Sawai Madhopur district was driven by a 16-year-old boy.

About 20 persons are feared dead as a bus in which they were travelling plunged into Banas river in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan on Saturday morning.

According to reports, the bus on its way to Lalsot from Sawai Madhopur.

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Most of the passengers were reportedly heading to Uttar Pradesh.

The driver was among those who perished, the Times of India reported. Most of the people died due to drowning including the bus driver, he added.

The bus was trying to pass another vehicle when it rammed through the bridge railing, police Officer B.L. Soni said.

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Maman Singh, superintendent of Rajasthan Police, said the cause of crash would be subject to an inquiry.

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

MLA from Sawai Madhopur, Diya Kumari, announced that single road bridge will be double-laned.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences for the deaths. "I pray for peace for the departed souls and courage for the aggrieved family members to overcome the shock", the chief minister tweeted.

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