Highway tragedy: 37 dead, 24 injured as bus plunges into river Purna in Gujarat

Navsari: A total of 37 people were killed and 24 injured, four of them seriously, when a state transport bus in which they were travelling plunged from a bridge into Purna river in Navsari district of South Gujarat on Friday, police said.

The accident site at Navsari in Gujarat. Image courtesy Pruthvish Pandya's Twitter handle

The accident site at Navsari in Gujarat. Image courtesy Pruthvish Pandya's Twitter handle

"Thirty-seven people have died in the incident, while 24 others are injured when a bus fell from a 20 feet high
bridge on Purna river," Navsari Superintendent of Police MS Bharada said.

Though police are investigating the cause of the mishap, some survivors and eye-witnesses said the bus driver lost
control of the vehicle when it was passing the bridge and it hurtled down into the river after breaking iron railings.

The SP said the condition of four out of the 24 injured passengers was serious.

"The injured have been shifted to four hospitals in Navsari. We are also checking the possibility of shifting those who are seriously injured to hospitals in Surat if needed," the officer said.

The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) bus was headed towards Ukai when the accident took place near
the village, situated around 12 kms away from the district headquarters.

"We do not know the exact number of people travelling in the bus, but it is said that it was full (to capacity)," Bharada said.

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

Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel condoled the loss of lives on Twitter.




Published Date: Feb 05, 2016 10:19 pm | Updated Date: Feb 05, 2016 10:19 pm

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