Fifteen people of the same family were killed and 30 others injured on Tuesday when a bus carrying a marriage party overturned in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad district in one of the worst road accidents in the state in recent times.
Police said the incident occurred at Sohagpur tehsil, about 70 km from Bhopal, in the wee hours of Tuesday.
The bus was crossing a river bridge near Longabanjari village, about 7 km from Sohagpur when the driver lost control in a sharp bend, police added.
The bus was carrying 55 people and travelling from Indore to Chandameta, a town in Hoshangabad district, to attend a wedding reception.
The dead and injured included family members of Jaya Verma, whose marriage reception was being organised at Chandameta.
Talking to HT over phone, Hoshangabad collector Bhondve Sanket Shantaram said prima facie it seemed to be a mistake of the bus driver as he was continuously driving for the past 12 hours and might have dozed off which led to the accident on the state highway.
“The accident took place at around 6 pm in the morning at an extreme bend. The bus overturned as the driver lost control over the bus. The 15 people who include seven women died on the spot while 30 injured were admitted to a hospital,” he added.
Shantaram also said that rescue operation was completed in the morning without any delay.
Transport minister Bhoopendra Singh also talked to the collector over phone and asked him to conduct an inquiry in the case.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 1.5lakh each to the kin of deceased, Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured and Rs 25,000 to those who suffered minor injuries in the accident.