The crash of a bus this Tuesday in a water canal in central India in the Madhya Pradesh district resulted in the death of at least 35 people, injuries to seven others and several missing persons, according to local authorities.
The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. (2 a.m. in mainland Portugal) in the city of Rampur Naikin when the vehicle left the road and fell into a water canal, agent Ashok Pandey in charge of the local police station told Efe News Agency.
“The reason for the accident is still unclear,” he said, revealing that 35 bodies have been recovered from the canal and seven people have been rescued and taken to hospital.
All of the rescued “are fine, no one has suffered serious injuries,” said the policeman, adding that it was not yet known how many passengers might be missing, but “there shouldn’t be many”.
“The bus has been found and they are removing it [do canal] with the help of a crane, ”he concluded.
The head of the Madhya Pradesh district, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, complained on Twitter about the register of victims of the accident and announced the support of 500,000 rupees (approx. 5,700 euros) for the families of the deceased.
Road accidents in India are common due to the poor road conditions, the poor condition of the vehicles themselves and the general disregard for traffic rules.
At least 16 people died and two others were injured on Monday when a truck carrying seasonal workers and their families capsized on a road in the West Indies.
In 2019, 151,113 people were killed in India and more than 451,000 were injured in 449,000 road accidents. This comes from the latest data from the country’s Ministry of Transport.