India Bus plunges into river killing 33 people travelling to Hindu temple

By on December 24, 2017
India Bus plunges into river killing 33 people travelling to Hindu temple

India Bus plunges into river killing 33 people travelling to Hindu temple

Some 33 people have died after a bus plunged off a bridge and into a river in India.

Seven injured passengers were hospitalised in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan state, 375km south of New Delhi, said police officer Narain Singh.

The speeding bus was trying to overtake another vehicle when it rammed through the bridge railing, said B L Soni, another police officer. It fell 65 feet down into the Banas river.

The incident occurred at around 7am (local time), said Singh.

The victims were on their way to a nearby Hindu temple in Lalsot, a town in Rajasthan state, for pilgrimage.

Official figures show India has the world’s highest road accident death toll, with more than 110,000 people dying each year in crashes.

Driver fatigue, negligence, poorly maintained roads and vehicle maintenance are the usual causes of such accidents in the country.

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