15 killed, 38 injured after bus plunges into river in MP
At least 15 people including seven women were on Tuesday killed while 38 others sustained serious injuries when a bus carrying a marriage party fell into a river from a bridge in Hoshangabad district.
The mishap took place in the morning when the bus was heading towards Parasia from Indore, Sohagpur police station in-charge Siddharth Singh said.
“15 people were killed in the mishap and 38 seriously injured. They were admitted in a private hospital at Bhopal and Hoshangabad respectively,” Hoshangabad division commissioner VK Batham told PTI.
The bus was crossing a river bridge near Longabanjari village about 7km away from Sohagpur when the incident happened.
The deceased have been identified as Baby Pareta, Manju Varma, Om Prakash, Ashok Kulhara, Hariom Pareta, Radha Garhwal, Mahesh Varma, Jyoti Doliya, Kaushalya Verma, Gullo Dolia, Arun Garhwal, Ratan Garhwal, Vishnu Prasad Garhwal, Anuradha Parwal and Gayatri Verma, the Commissioner said.
Expressing grief over the mishap, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a relief of Rs 1.5 lakh each to the kin of deceased, Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured and Rs 25,000 to those who suffered minor injuries in the accident.
District collector Sanket Bhondve and other senior officials reached the spot soon after the mishap to supervise the rescue operation. Further investigations are on, police said.