Police in Rajasthan say that at least 30 people were killed and 15 injured when a passenger bus fell into a river on Saturday near Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur. The driver of the bus was a 16-year-old boy, said officials.
The boy lost control due to over-speeding as it skidded and fell off a bridge into the Banas river, reported IANS.
Eye witnesses said that the bus was trying to overtake another vehicle on the narrow bridge. All the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital, the police added.
According to Subhash Mishra, Complaint Officer, 26 bodies had been recovered even as rescue operation continued to find survivors.
The passengers travelling in the 40-seater bus hailed from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Most of them were en route to the Ramdevra Temple in Lalsot.
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 told PTI.
Most of the people died due to drowning including the bus driver, he said. Death toll may rise, police said.