Published On: Sat, Nov 24th, 2018

At least 25 dead as bus falls into canal in Karnataka

Bengaluru: At least 25 people, many of them schoolchildren, were killed when a speeding bus fell into a canal in Karnataka on Saturday, an official and media reports said.

A crowd gathers around a bus that was retrieved after it fell into a canal in Mandya district in Karnataka, Saturday, November 24, 2018.

The accident occurred in Mandya district as the driver lost control of the vehicle while going at a high speed, said G Parameshwaran, the Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister.

Parameshwaran said a rescue operation was underway, with police rushing divers to the spot. The area is 105 kilometers (65 miles) southwest of Bangalore, the state capital.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported that many of the dead were children who were returning from school.

Relatives grieve as others gather around the body of a victim of a bus accident in Mandya district in Karnataka, Saturday, November 24, 2018.

The victims were unable to come out of the bus, which had fallen on its side, trapping the doors on the floor of the canal, the NDTV news channel said.

Around 150,000 people die every year on India’s roads, often because of reckless driving, badly maintained roads and vehicles overcrowded with passengers.

Deadly bus accidents are common in the country. In July, 48 people were killed when a bus crashed into a gorge in Uttarakhand state.

AP

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