Rajasthan: Bus carrying wedding party plunges into river in Bundi, 24 killed
A private bus carrying a wedding party fell into a river on Kota–Dausa highway in Rajasthan's Bundi district. Thirteen people died on the spot while 10 others succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital.
At least 24 people, including children have died and four others sustained injuries as a private bus carrying a wedding party fell into a river on Kota–Dausa highway in Bundi district on Wednesday morning.
The wedding party with 28 persons on board was headed to Sawai Madhopur from Kota early morning when the driver apparently lost balance of the bus while traversing a bridge near Papdi village under Lekhari police station limits, Lakheri Sub-Inspector Rajendra Kumar told PTI over phone.
Rajasthan: Several feared dead after a bus falls into a river near a village on Kota Lalsot Mega Highway in Bundi. More details awaited. pic.twitter.com/FlLtjes9H7— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2020
The bus, subsequently, plunged into Mej river from the bridge that had no wall or railing, Kumar said. Thirteen people died on the spot while 10 others succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital, he added. The deaths include 11 men, 10 women and three children.
The injured were rushed to Lekhari government hospital from where the critically injured are being referred to a government hospital in Kota, the SI further said. Most of the injured people were rescued with the help of locals in the village, he added.
Rajasthan's Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed grief over the deaths, saying:
I am deeply saddened to learn about the tragic accident in #Bundi in which about 25 people have lost lives after the bus fell into river Mej.. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loves ones in this tragedy. I wish speedy recovery to all injured.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) February 26, 2020
Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot tweeted:
बूंदी के लाखेरी क्षेत्र में यात्रियों से भरी बस नदी में गिरने से हुए हादसे में कई लोगों की मृत्यु एवं घायल होने की खबर हृदय विदारक है। इस कठिन समय में मेरी गहरी संवेदनाएं मृतकों के परिजनों के साथ है। ईश्वर दिवंगत आत्माओं को शांति एवं घायलों को शीघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभ प्रदान करें।— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) February 26, 2020
Mej river is a tributary of the Chambal river in Rajasthan.