At Least 40 Dead After Bus Goes Off Bridge Into Canal In India, Official Says


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At least 40 people were killed after a bus flew off a bridge into a canal in central India on Tuesday, a local official said.

District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Choudhary said six people were saved following the incident, which occurred in India’s Madhya Pradesh state, according to The Associated Press. Choudhary also said the bus, originally built for 34 people, was holding 46. (RELATED: Glacier Fracture In Himalayas Leaves 31 Dead, 165 Missing)

The water supply for the canal was stopped to aid the rescue, according to the AP. Rescuers found 40 bodies and are looking for additional passengers.

Officials are investigating what caused the incident. The bus was going from the Sidhi district to the Satna district, according to the AP.

Onlookers stand near the wreckage of cars and a truck following a road accident in Dhupguri, Jalpaiguri district, on January 20, 2021. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Onlookers stand near the wreckage of cars and a truck following a road accident in Dhupguri, Jalpaiguri district, on January 20, 2021. (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the victims’ families and called the incident “horrific.”

Police say over 110,000 people die from road accidents in India each year, according to the AP. The majority of crashes are attributed to careless driving, outdated vehicles and a lack of routine road maintenance.

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