NSNEWS ONLINE DESK: Rajasthan India:Thirty-three passengers died after a private bus they were traveling in lost balance fell into 100-foot Banas river bridge in Malarna Dungar area of Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur on Saturday, police said.
The accident occurred around 7:30am when the driver of the 34-seater bus from Madhya Pradesh was trying to overtake another vehicle. The passengers were coming from Lalsot in Dausa to visit Ramdevji.
Superintendent of police Maman Singh said the cause of incident would be disclosed after an inquiry. Prima facie it is being seen that an untrained minor was driving the bus, he said.
By 1pm, 33 bodies were fished out from the bus after cutting the windows by a gas cutter and sent to mortuary of the district hospital. Eighteen bodies have been identified that include 15 from Sawai Madhopur, 1 from Dausa and 2 from Uttar Pradesh. Ten 10 bodies were handed over to their families after post mortem.
Ambulances were called in to rush the injured and bodies to hospitals, said district collector Kailash Chand Verma who along with the superintendent of police reached the spot to oversee rescue operation.
All private hospitals were alerted to admit the injured. The bus was brought out from the river by a crane. Locals had also gathered at the site and helped in rescue operation.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje expressed grief over the accident and said she talked to the officials and ordered them to carry out speedy rescue operations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the state government was closely monitoring the situation.
BJP MLA from Sawai Madhopur Diya Kumari said action would be taken against guilty. The single road bridge will be constructed double, the MLA said.
Pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan come here to visit Ramdevra temple on Saturdays and Tuesdays.