At least 45 people, including 20 women, were killed when a packed bus skidded off the road and plunged into a canal in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district on Tuesday morning, a senior official said.
The accident took place near Patna village, around 80 km from the Sidhi district headquarters, when the ill-fated bus was on its way to Satna from Sidhi, he said.
Rescuers have retrieved 45 bodies from the canal so far, said Rewa Divisional Commissioner Rajesh Jain, under whose jurisdiction the accident took place.
“A total of 45 bodies – 24 of men, 20 women and a child – have been fished out of the Bansagar canal until now,” he said, adding a magisterial probe has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.
“Seven persons managed to swim to safety,” he said. The packed bus, coming from Sidhi and going to Satna, veered off the road and rolled down the canal which is part of the Bansagar project at around 8:30 AM, said Inspector General (Rewa zone) Umesh Joga.