Bus Falls Into Banas River; 26 Bodies Recovered — Sawai Madhopur

Bus plunges into river killing 33 people travelling to Hindu temple

A private bus crashed through the rail of a bridge and fell 100 feet into a river in northern India, killing at least 33 people Saturday, officials said.

The accident took place in Sawai Madhopur district's Dubi area after the bus driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle, reports our New Delhi correspondent. The identities of the deceased have not been ascertained as of yet and the injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital.

Around 35 people are injured in the accident while the bodies of 30 passengers have been fished out, authorities said.

The bus was headed from Sawai Madhopur city towards Lalsot town. However, Verma rebuffed the allegations, saying driver was not a minor. A welder was called to cut open the door and somehow, the police entered the bus and started rescuing passengers.

Hundreds of Hindu, and some Muslim, devotees from towns in Rajasthan and the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh travel to the Ramdev temple on every Tuesday and Saturday for prayers. According to sources, the bus broke through the bridge wall and plunged into the Banas River.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also has expressed grief over the tragic accident.

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