33 killed in Rajasthan bus accident

33 killed in Rajasthan bus accident
At least 33 people, including four children, were killed and seven others were injured on Saturday when a 40-seater passenger bus fell into the Banas river in Sawai Madhopur district, 135 kms from Jaipur on Saturday.  
 
The incident took place on Saturday around 7:30 am in Soorwal police station area when the bus carrying passengers on its way to Lalsot from Sawai Madhopur, fell from a 100-foot bridge, according to the police. The pilgrims were on their way to a Ramdevra Hindu temple situated at Malarna Chour on the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border.
 
The bus, which was ferrying pilgrims, fell after the driver lost control of the vehicle due to over-speeding. According to sources, the bus broke through the bridge wall and plunged into the Banas River.  
 
The sources reveal that bus was allegedly being driven by assistant of the driver who was a minor. Most of the people died due to drowning including the bus driver. Sawai Madhopur SP,   Maman Singh said "Out of 33 dead, 21 are men, 7 women and four children. The exact cause of the accident will be ascertained after an inquiry. However preliminary investigations suggest that the driver tried to overtake another vehicle on the narrow bridge and lost control.  
 
Out of the seven injured, one is said to be critical. Most of the passengers hailed from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh  
 
MLA from Sawai Madhopur, Diya Kumari, announced that single road bridge will be double-laned.
 
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje also expressed grief over the accident. "I pray for peace for the departed souls and courage for the aggrieved family members to overcome the shock," the chief minister tweeted.

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