Madhya Pradesh: 13 killed, several injured as bus falls in water pit
At least 13 people were killed and more than a dozen others injured when a private bus fell into a large water pit near Namli town on Friday, police said.india Updated: Oct 14, 2016 14:26 IST
At least 13 people were killed and more than a dozen others injured when a private bus fell into a large water pit near Namli town on Friday, police said.
Three persons were rescued, they said.
So far 13 people have been found dead in the ill-fated bus that plunged into the water body, Ratlam’s additional superintendent of police Prashant Choube said.
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 2km away from Namli town, he said.
The bus fell into the pit, which was dug to collect earthen material for laying roads. The pit was filled with rainwater. Prima facie, the speeding bus fell into it after its steering failed and the driver lost control of the vehicle, the ASP said.
According to eyewitnesses, the bus was moving at a high speed when it fell into the water pit. Unconfirmed reports said there were 40-45 passengers in the bus.
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.