Bus Falls Into Banas River; 26 Bodies Recovered — Sawai Madhopur

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First responders recovered at least 32 bodies Saturday after a passenger bus plunged off a bridge and dropped into a river in the western Indian state of Rajasthan.

Going into the news, incident took place around 6:30 AM in the morning while the bus was traveling from Madya Pradesh to Uttar Pradesh.

"The bus ferrying over 50 pilgrims broke the railing of a bridge and fell into Banas river after the driver lost control of the speeding bus following a tyre burst". Death toll may rise, police said. Soorwal police station SHO Anoop Singh said that of the 33 people killed, seven are women and four children. "State Government is closely monitoring the situation, including rescue operations and providing all possible assistance to those affected".

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"Anguished by the bus accident in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur district", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet. Meanwhile, rescue operation is underway.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje took to Twitter to express her condolences and support for the victims.

It fell 65ft into the Banas river. But he added that initial evidence suggested that an untrained minor was driving the bus.

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India has one of the highest numbers of road fatalities in the world.

Driver fatigue, negligence, poor quality roads and vehicle maintenance are the usual causes of such accidents in India.

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