India: Maharashtra bus accident: Bus plunge into Jagbudi River, at least 37 dead, 15 injured – 190313 1245z

At least 37 people were killed and seven injured when a speeding Mumbai-bound private bus plunged into the Jagbudi River in Ratnagiri district on Tuesday.

(Photo: thehindu.com) Onlookers gather around the bus that fell off a bridge into the Jagbudi river in Maharashtras Ratnagiri district. (Click photo to link to source)

The accident occurred around 3.30 am near Khed when the driver was negotiating a steep turn and lost control over the vehicle, which fell off the Jagbudi bridge from a height of about 40 ft, Khed police station in-charge Mahendra Singh Pardeshi told PTI.

The bus, which was badly damaged, was on its way back from Goa when the mishap took place.

Bodies of 37 passengers have been extricated so far and have been kept at the Khed municipal hospital, where the injured have also been admitted, he said.

The deceased have not been identified yet.

Rescue operations are still on (at time below) and the bus is being retrieved from the river, which has dried up almost, police said. Following the accident, traffic on the Mumbai-Goa Highway was disrupted for nearly four hours.

Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 at 05:54 (05:54 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

37 killed in Maharashtra bus accident

“A private tourist bus fell off from the bridge, killing 37 passengers and injuring another 15 on Tuesday morning at around 3.30 am, in a worst ever accident on Mumbai-Goa highway.

The bus coming from Goa was heading towards Mumbai. When it reached the bridge over Jagbudi River near Khed in Ratnagiri district, the driver lost his control and the bus landed upside down on a dried patch of the river.” – The Hindu

More here: 37 killed in Maharashtra bus accident – The Hindu

Mumbai-bound bus meets with accident in Ratnagiri district, 37 killed

“At least 37 people were killed and seven injured when a speeding Mumbai-bound luxury bus plunged into the Jagbudi River in Ratnagiri district in the early hours today.

Pics: Mumbai-Goa bus accident

The bus was on its way to Mumbai on the Goa-Mumbai highway when it fell off the bridge, police said.” – indianexpress.com

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