30 killed in Gujarat bus accident, PM expresses grief

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30 people are believed to have died after after a state transport bus fell from a bridge into Purna river in Navsari district in south Gujarat on Friday.

According to police, the number of casualties is likely to rise.

“Twenty bodies have been taken out from the river after the bus fell off a bridge into Purna river near Supa village,” Superintendent of Police, Navsari, M S Bharada told PTI.

Navsari is located 285 kms away from here.

“The bus was going from Navsari to Ukai when the accident took place. We do not know the exact number of people travelling in the bus, but it is said that it was full (to capacity),” the officer said.

He said the agencies like police, fire brigade, 108 ambulance services were engaged in rescue operation at the spot.

“Casualties can rise,” Bharada said, adding the injured passengers were rushed to various hospitals in Navsari.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief over this tragic incident.

He tweeted, “Bus accident in Gujarat’s Navsari is tragic & deeply upsetting. Condolences to families of the deceased. May the injured recover quickly.”

(Photo: courtesy AFP)

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