Toll rises to 28 in Karnataka bus tragedy

26 November, 2018, 13:47 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • India bus crash: Mandya, Karnataka smash 'leaves 25 passengers dead' | Daily Star

At least 30 passengers, majority women and children, were killed when a speeding private bus in which they were travelling plunged into a canal in Karnataka's Mandya district on Saturday, officials said.

Among the confirmed dead are a woman and a child. Police fear that the death toll could go up.

Preliminary reports suggested that negligence on the part of the driver who has been booked, officials said.

A group of youth, who were near the accident spot, jumped into the canal to rescue the victims, but could not pull out those stuck inside the bus.

News agency PTI reports, quoting locals, that most of the victims were school children returning home after half-a-day at school. The bus fell into 12-feet deep waters.

Police could not provide the exact number of passengers on board or the cause of the crash but said the driver was apparently speeding. "I understand local authorities are making efforts to rescue and help affected passengers", President Ramnath Kovind wrote.

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According to eyewitnesses, the bus was going at a high speed and the driver lost control when he had to take a right turn, leading to the accident.

A government spokesman said the chief minister has canceled all his programs and headed to the spot.

Kumaraswamy along with Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara and former chief minister Siddaramaiah visited the accident site.

Two boys, who also knew swimming, too managed to get out and brought help from nearby villagers.

"Deeply pained the bus accident in Karnataka's Mandya".

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