At least 24 people were killed and four injured after a private busy carrying a wedding party fell into a river on Kota-Dausa highway in Bundi district on Wednesday (February 26) morning, police said.
Reports said the injured were rushed to Lekhari government hospital from where the critically injured are being referred to a government hospital in Kota.
Reports said, the wedding party of 28 people was headed to Sawai Madhopur from Kota early in on Wednesday morning when the driver lost balance of the bus while traversing a bridge near Papdi village under Lekhari police station limits, Lakheri Sub-Inspector Rajendra Kumar told PTI.
The bus, subsequently, plunged into Mej river from the bridge that had no wall or railing, Kumar said.
Mej river is a tributary of the Chambal river in Rajasthan.
While 13 people died on the spot, 10 others succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital. The deaths include 11 men, 10 women and three children.
Most of the injured people were rescued with the help of locals in the village. While police officers are supervising the rescue operations, divers are trying to pull the other victims out of the bus.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot expressed grief over the deaths of 24 passengers of a bus carrying a wedding party that plunged into a river in Bundi district.
“I am deeply saddened to learn about the tragic incident in Bundi in which 24 persons have lost lives after the bus fell into river Mej,” Gehlot tweeted.
I am deeply saddened to learn about the tragic accident in #Bundi in which 24 people have lost lives after the bus fell into river Mej.. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loves ones in this tragedy. I wish speedy recovery to all injured.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) February 26, 2020
He shared his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wished for the speedy recovery of those who were injured in the incident.
Deputy CM and state Congress president Sachin Pilot also condoled the deaths and prayed for the peace of departed souls.