Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Saturday met the family of one Imran Pathan who lost his wife, and two children in the bus accident in Navsari on Friday. This was the highest casualty in one family.
Among the dead were 21 women, five children and 15 men, said police. The Gujarat government has also announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the next of the kin of each of the deceased. The government will bear the entire cost for the treatment of the injured, Navsari Collector Ramiya Mohan told reporters.
According to police, the accident occurred when the bus took a sharp turn on a bridge with a width of 23 feet while trying to avoid collision with a four-wheeler coming from the opposite side.
“The bus was running at a high speed when it had to take a sharp turn to avoid collision with a vehicle coming from the other side and the driver lost control over the steering. It hit the railing of the bridge and broke it to plunge into the river,” said Navsari rural Police Inspector and investigating officer in the case S B Sheikh.
The bus was on its way to Ukai from Navsari on Friday evening when it fell 20 feet down into the Purna river. A total of 68 persons were travelling in the bus and of most of them were daily commuters on the route, Sheikh said.