6 die, 16 injured as bus plunges into river

6 die, 16 injured after bus plunges into river in India

Illustration: Accident scene in Lagos

At least six people died and 16 others injured on Thursday after a bus, carrying them, plunged into a river in India’s north-eastern state of Meghalaya, the Police said.

The accident took place early at Nongchram in East Garo Hills, about 185 km west of Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya.

A police official at the East Garo Hills police control room said over the telephone that a bus fell into Ringdi River at 12.00 a.m. local time on Thursday.

“ Six people died including the driver and 16 others injured.

“The bodies have been fished out while all injured are have been admitted in different nearby hospitals.’’

According to reports, the bus belonging to Meghalaya Transport Corporation was being roughly driven.

“The bus was speeding when the accident happened, a local media reports a quoted injured survivor.

“The front portion of the bus hit the bridge posts on the side and went over into the river water.’’

The Accident Rescue and Fire Emergency Service personnel rushed to the spot to carry out rescue work.

The Police have registered the case and ordered an investigation to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Deadly road accidents are common in India often caused due to overloading, bad condition of roads, and reckless driving.

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