A private bus carrying more than 40 people fell into a gorge on Friday near Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, reported ANI. According to latest reports, so far, 17 people have been confirmed dead, however, further details are awaited from the scene of the accident. Rescue operations are underway.
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The bus was on its way to Jaora from Ratlam when the mishap took place on the four-lane road at 12 Patthar Khadan, about two kms away from Namli town.
The pit, which was dug to collect earthen material for laying roads was lying deserted and rain water got filled into it. Prima facie, the speeding bus fell into it after its steering failed and the driver lost control of the vehicle, Additional Superintendent of Police Dr Prashant Choube told PTI. According to eyewitnesses, the bus was moving on a high speed and suddenly it overturned and fell into the large water pit.
The ASP said that nearly 13 people were pulled out from the bus in injured condition and referred to nearby hospitals. Efforts were on to pull the bus out of water with the help of local residents.
Senior officials, including Collector, SP and others, reached the spot to supervise the rescue operation.
However, according to another report in Dainik Bhaskar, the bus was reportedly speeding at the highway when one of its tires went flat and the bus driver lost control. The pit, according to the report is around 25 feet away from the highway and over 50 feet deep.
The Financial Express, locals reached the spot soon after the incident and started helping the injured. The bus, according to the report belongs to a private service, Mamata Bus Service.
According to a PTI report, at least 13 people were pulled out from the bus in injured condition and referred to nearby hospitals. The ASP said that efforts were on to pull the bus out of water with the help of local residents. Senior officials, including Collector, SP and others, reached the spot to supervise the rescue operation.
With inputs from PTI