At least 39 dead as Gujarat state transport bus plunges into river

The passengers included students, employees working in different private and government offices, who were on their way to Ukai from Navsari State transport depot.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Updated: February 6, 2016 2:57 am
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At least 39 people were killed and 23 injured after a state transport bus in which they were travelling fell from a bridge into a river in Gujarat’s Navsari district on Friday, police said. The bus, carrying over 65 passengers, was on its way to Ukai in south Gujarat’s Tapi district from Navsari. It fell into Purna river after crashing into the iron railing of the bridge, killing nearly 36 people and injuring several others who were admitted to different hospitals in Navsari. The fire department and health department officials and police rushed to the spot and started rescue operation.

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Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has announced Rs 4 lakh compensation to the kin of each of the deceased. She tweeted, “Deeply pained to learn about the unfortunate bus accident on Purna River Bridge in Navsari. My prayers are with victims & families.” The CM tweeted, “I have directed Navsari collector & concerned officials to expedite rescue & relief ops and provide required help to victims & their kin.”

 

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The passengers included students, employees working in different private and government offices. The accident happened just before the Gurukul Supa bridge on Purna river. The driver lost control and the bus broke the railing and fell from a height of 60 feet into the river.

Sources said that the incident came into light when a passerby witnessed it and informed Navsari police. Navsari Collector Remaya Mohan, Superintendent of Police M S Bharada and other top officials reached the spot, along with medical teams and fire department. Residents of Supa village also rushed to the spot after learning about the incident. Over a dozen ambulances were rushed to the site, along with services of private cranes to pull the bus up. Local villagers dived into the river to rescue and retrieve bodies.

Navsari District Collector Remaya Mohan said, “We have started rescue operations. So far, 39 passengers have been declared dead. Their bodies are at Mulla hospital and Civil hospital. Many other passengers are severely injured and they are undergoing treatment in other hospitals.” SP Bharada said the number of casualties was likely to rise.

(With PTI inputs)

 

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First Published on: February 6, 2016 12:54 am
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    Aap
    Feb 5, 2016 at 3:49 pm
    Tragic. May god give patience to the families of the deceased.
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      Modi-ot_Slow_guns
      Feb 5, 2016 at 5:43 pm
      This is nothing but State sponsored terrorism. I remember 35 soldiers were killed in 1998 when the army truck they were being transported plunged in the Kashmir valley because the track rod that links the LH and RH steering wheels came off the socket in the steering lever on one side. THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL. The entire incident was covered up by both Army and their transportation unit for which the betrayers in Army, intelligence and politicians were paid heavily. In fact the company that supplied the trucks got further orders and went to on to transfer the technology to VFJ. THE SADEST PART IS THAT THE MOTHERS AND SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF THE DESD WILL NEVER COME TO KNOW THE REAL REASON.
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        Vish
        Feb 5, 2016 at 2:37 pm
        Is not Mr Rahul flying to Gujarat to 'mourn' the dead, as is his wont, to avail the opportunity to get news bites?
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          Karunakaran
          Feb 6, 2016 at 4:22 am
          The photoshopped selfie-chaser dokhlabhai will blame this tragedy on the Nehru-hi family. Anything can happen anywhere in India, and the photoshopped selfie-chaser dokhlabhai will blame it on the Nehru-hi family. The dokhlabhai can't speak in the parliament. He is silent like a statue. But put him on a stage in front of the invited Gujju audience, and he jumps out like a Jack in the box, gyrating in every direction imaginable. That is the drama-queen photoshopped selfie-chaser dokhlabhai for you.
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            dd
            Feb 6, 2016 at 8:01 am
            Blame isis for this
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              Mirza
              Apr 19, 2016 at 3:00 am
              ISI did that!!!! lol
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                vasu
                Feb 6, 2016 at 7:37 am
                ALL drivers must be not to use Mobile telephone
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                  Devisahai Meena
                  Feb 5, 2016 at 3:32 pm
                  one such tragedy with his each foreign trip . Stop flying abroad and minimize such incidents .
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                    Mukesh C
                    Feb 5, 2016 at 6:46 pm
                    It is a very sad accident but opportunist Pappu and Kejariwal will find out and can say that how many of Dalits and Muslim voters of them were in this incidents and where and when they will again go to meet their family members and ask resignation of ministers and Modi also a big photo ops can be planned for media.
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                      Mukesh C
                      Feb 5, 2016 at 6:40 pm
                      The driver lost Control is a resin for 39 death and many injured so if he was drunk or sleepy? More information from survived pengers can help to find the reason.
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                        vivek
                        Feb 5, 2016 at 7:05 pm
                        Where r u all congi supporters dis state is under bjp control please comment on modi its really needed
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                          T
                          Feb 5, 2016 at 10:25 pm
                          Let's blame Modi for this tragedy. Kejri and nautanki star Rahul Baba are visiting soon this place and will be asking PM to resign
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                            A.Ramachandran
                            Feb 5, 2016 at 3:51 pm
                            Are the buses operated by the government owned transport department maintained properly is the question one has to ask. That for no fault of theirs, 36 precious lives were lost and many others injured some of them very severely speaks volumes about how our public transport system works. As usual the authorities will parrot-like say they will pay monetary compensation to the families of the bereaved and injured. But what about the grief and irreplaceable loss the families have suffered.
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