33 killed as bus falls into river in western India
NEW DELHI (AP):
At least 33 people were killed yesterday after a passenger bus veered off a bridge and plunged into a river in the western Indian state of Rajasthan.
Seven injured passengers were hospitalised.
The speeding bus was trying to overtake another vehicle when it rammed through the bridge railing, said a police officer. It fell 20 meters (65 feet) down into the Banas river.
The driver was among the dead. Up to late yesterday rescuers had recovered 33 bodies from the river with no other victims expected to be found.
The victims, who were from various Indian states, were on their way to a nearby Hindu temple in Lalsot, a town in Rajasthan state, for pilgrimage.
The bus had picked up passengers from the Sawai Madhopur railroad station when it crashed.
HIGHEST ACCIDENT TOLLS
Police 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.