Rescuers accompanied by locals have fished out all the 33 bodies and kept them in mortuary of the district hospital for identification. The accident took place in the morning at Dubi in Sawai Madhopur district, about 150 km south of Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. The passengers inside the bus were hailing from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, and were on their way to offer obeisance at the Ramdevra temple in Lalsot. The bus had been trying to overtake another vehicle when it careered into the barrier.
The bus in the river
There are unconfirmed reports saying that an untrained minor was at the wheel at the time of the crash. However, a senior local government official, Kailash Chand Verma, rebuffed the allegations, saying driver was not a minor. “Anguished by the bus accident in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. State Government is closely monitoring the situation, including rescue operations and providing all possible assistance to those affected,” the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, tweeted after accident. India has the highest toll in road accident, which is about 110,000 people each year.