30 dead as bus plunges into canal in K’taka

MANDYA,NOV 24 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 11/24/2018 11:07:39 AM IST

Thirty people, including five children, were killed and four rescued after a bus fell into a canal in south Karnataka on Saturday afternoon. Around 35 people were travelling in the private bus. The accident took place in Mandya, 105 km from Bengaluru.

The bus fell into the canal after the driver lost control, the police said. Many passengers could not escape from the bus as it fell to its side, trapping the doors on the floor of the canal. The bus soon submerged.

“The mishap occurred around noon at Kanaganamaradi village near Pandavapura town, as the bus skidded off the bridge and fell into the Cauvery river canal,” a Mandya police control room official told IANS on phone. The driver reportedly managed to come out of the bus and swam to safety.

According to a witness, the speeding bus was on way to Mandya from Pandavapura when the driver apparently lost control of the wheel, resulting in the bus veering off the bridge and falling into the 20-feet deep canal. Farmers working in nearby fields started rescue work immediately and saved a few passengers.

“I believe the driver was not driving properly... I will find out,” Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwara said. Visuals from the site of the accident showed locals using ropes to try and pull the bus out of the water body. The bodies of the victims were pulled out.

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy visited the accident site and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased. Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi offered condolences to the kin of the deceased.

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