Nearly 90 passengers are feared to have been killed when the bus they were travelling in plunged into the overflowing Bagdi river near Khategoan on Wednesday.
Witnesses said the accident occurred at a place 110 km south of Indore around 6 pm, when the bus, which was going from Dewas, 40 km south of Indore, to Khategoan, with about 100 passengers fell into the river while crossing a bridge. The water was flowing over the bridge and the drive probably misjudged the strength of the current.
The bus was overcrowded and there were people sitting on its roof. Ten persons sitting on the roof swam to the bank. Most of the victims, including women and children, had gone to take a holy dip in the Narmada river near Dewas on the occasion of amavasya (moonless night).
Dewas Collector Puspalata Singh told Hindustan Times the rescue operation was on, and hence the number of the dead could not be ascertained. Official sources said 30 bodies were recovered till late evening.
10 charred in TN Chennai:
In an accident near Thiruvannamalai, 250 km south of Chennai, 10 people were charred to death and 29 others injured as a state transport bus collided head on with a lorry loaded with rice bags early on Wednesday morning. The bus was on its from to Cuddalore from Vellore.
Due to the impact of the collision, the diesel tank of the bus exploded and caught fire. According to police, the bus was completely gutted. Traffic on the highway was also affected for three hours as fire engines tried to douse the fire.
While nine persons, including the two drivers and three women, were charred, one died on way to hospital.