Mumbai: At least 37 people were killed when a bus on its way from Goa to Mumbai fell into a river near the Khed junction in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra on Tuesday morning. There were six Russian nationals, too, in the bus and one of them also died in the accident.
At least 17 passengers have also been injured with five of them stated to be in critical condition.
Initial reports suggest the bus driver lost control on the Jagudi bridge. The bus fell into the Jagbudi river near Khed at around 3.30 am.
Additional Superintendent of Police Nand Kumar said that police are trying to identify the victims and contact their family members. "The passengers are admitted in different hospitals and we are trying to coordinate with the travel agency and we are trying to identify the people. The incident took place at around 3:30 early morning. The bus was travelling on the bridge of Jagudi river. Suddenly the bus crossed to the right side and fell down the bridge. The driver has been in our custody. He is injured but not out of danger," said Kumar.
Officials say that the rescue operation is over and traffic has been cleared on the route.