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26 killed as Indian bus tumbling into well

  • Published at 04:06 pm January 29th, 2020
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Photo shows the debris of a bus that crashed with an autorickshaw at Meshi Phata on the Malegaon Deola Road in Maharashtra's Nashik district on January 28, 2020 AFP

Emergency crews worked through the night to rescue survivors and retrieve bodies and used a crane to remove the red-and-white bus from the well, as hundreds thronging to the crash site after the accident late Tuesday

Twenty-six people including a seven-year-old girl were killed after the bus they were travelling in crashed with an autorickshaw and fell into a well in western India, officials said on Wednesday.

Emergency crews worked through the night to rescue survivors and retrieve bodies and used a crane to remove the red-and-white bus from the well, as hundreds thronging to the crash site after the accident late Tuesday.

Rescue operations ended early Wednesday in Nashik district, around 254 kilometres (158 miles) from India's financial capital Mumbai.

Photo shows rescue workers gathering around the wreckage of a bus that fell into a well after crashing with an autorickshaw in Meshi Phata on January 29, 2020 | AFP

"We conducted rescue operations throughout the night and recovered 26 bodies. Another 32 injured have been sent for treatment," National Disaster Response Force spokesman Sachidanand Gawde told AFP.

The bus driver was among the dead.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences for the "unfortunate" incident.

"In this hour of sadness, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest," Modi tweeted.

India has some of the world's highest traffic fatalities with more than 150,000 deaths annually due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

Experts say many highways and roads suffer from design flaws, making rides a daily risk, particularly during winter when visibility drops considerably.

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