Over 27 dead as bus falls into Banas river in Rajasthan

Jaipur: Over 27 people were killed and several others injured on Saturday when a private bus fell into Banas river from a nearly 100-foot high bridge in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district, District Magistrate KC Varma said.

District Magistrate KC Varma said 32 people have been killed so far.

The incident took place early morning in Soorwal police station area when the bus was on its way to Lalsot from Sawai Madhopur, they said.

The driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle and it fell into the river after breaking the railing of the bridge, the police said.

Passengers were from other states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam. Several of them were going to offer prayers at a temple in Malarna Chour in the district, Sawai Madhopur Superintendent of Police Mamman Singh said.

Most of the people died due to drowning including the bus driver, he said. Death toll may rise, police said.

Twenty-seven bodies have been recovered and five injured rushed to hospitals, Singh said, adding he also said 10 bodies were handed over to their family members after post-mortem.

Most of the people died due to drowning including the bus driver and the police informed the death toll may rise.