Last night, in Chhattisgarh's Balrampur district, at least 13 dead and 53 others injured, after a bus fell off a small bridge into a dry rivulet.
While the private travels bus was on its way to Raipur from Gadhwa, Jharkhand, at 10.30 pm, the accident took place at Daldhowa ghat, which is about 400 km from Raipur.
When the bus was around 5 kms away from Balrampur district headquarter, the driver spotted a motorcycle suddenly, at a sharp curve at Daldhowa.
In the process of saving him, the driver lost the control over the steering and thus the vehicle fell into the dry rivulet, overturning 2-3 times, Balrampur Superintendent of Police Sadanand Kumar said.
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After the news came out, a police team has rushed to the spot and began performing the rescue operations.
“So far there are reports of 13 deaths, while 16 critically injured were shifted to Ambikapur district hospital. Besides, 37 other injured have been admitted to local hospital at Balrampur,” the SP added.
The victims identities, all of them male, was being ascertained, he added.
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has expressed grief over the incident and has ordered the officials, to provide the best medical are, to the injured, praying for their speedy recovery.
By Phani Ch