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25 dead as bus plunges into river in Rajasthan

IANS

Jaipur, February 26, 2020

At least 25 people died and four others were injured when a private bus with a wedding party fell into a river in Rajasthan's Bundi district on Wednesday morning.

The accident occurred around 9 a.m. at Kota-Dausa highway in Bundi.

The survivors said that a tyre of the bus came off while it was crossing the bridge, as a result of which the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The bus was on its way to Sawai Madhopur from Kota when it lost control while crossing the bridge near Papdi village and fell into Mej river, police officials said.

Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal expressed shock over the accident and said that it is sad to receive this news that many people died after the bus fell into Mej river.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Twitter: "I am deeply saddened to learn about the tragic accident in #Bundi in which about 25 people have lost lives after the bus fell into river Mej... My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loves ones in this tragedy. I wish speedy recovery to all injured."

Meanwhile police officials confirmed that 13 people died on the spot while others breathed their last on the way to the hospital.

The deceased included 11 men, 10 men and four children.

Five critically injured were referred to a government hospital in Kota, the officials said.

Most of the deceased are from the same family which belonged to Kota and were going to perform the mayraa ceremony.

Local villagers helped with all their resources to fish out the bodies and injured from the river, they added.

IANS

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