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Panna: 21 passengers charred to death as bus falls off bridge, catches fire

At least 15 people were killed and 13 injured when a private bus they were travelling in skidded off a small bridge, fell into a nullah and caught fire near Pandav falls in the district on Monday.

By: Express News Service | Panna |
Updated: May 5, 2015 3:21:53 am
Panna, bus fire panna, Bus accident Madhya Pradesh, MP bus fire The bus left 21 passengers dead as it caught fire after falling into a valley near the Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh on Monday. (Source: PTI)

At least 21 passengers were charred to death and 13 injured, one of them critically, when a bus on way to Satna fell off a bridge and caught fire near Pandav Falls, about 10 km from Panna town Monday afternoon.

The 32-seater bus operated by Anup Travels started from Chhatarpur town around 12.40 pm. More than an hour later the bus reached a bridge near Pandav Falls and fell off, about eight feet below and caught fire.

IG (Sagar) Pankaj Shrivastava told The Indian Express that 21 charred bodies had been recovered from the bus while the injured were rushed to a government hospital in Panna. He said the most probable cause of the mishap was bursting of the diesel tank. Most bodies were charred beyond recognition.

While the condition of 12 survivors was reported to be safe, 42-year-old passenger who sustained serious burns was referred to another hospital in critical condition.

A survivor said the bus was being driven at a high speed. Locals claimed that the number of passengers was much more than the figure given by the authorities. Bus owner Gyanendra Pande, who is reportedly a block-level functionary of the BJP, said he was not aware of the exact number of passengers.

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