20 killed in Gujarat bus accident

Ahmedabad, Feb 5 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed and as many injured when a Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) bus fell from a river bridge in Navsari district in South Gujarat on Friday evening.

Navsari Superintendent of Police M.S. Barada said the bus carrying around 60 passengers was on its way to Unai from Navsari city when the accident occurred in the evening.

Barada told media persons the rescue operation is on in full swing. “We have recovered 20 bodies so far.”

It occurred on a bridge over Purna river near Supa village on Bardoli road under Navsari rural police station area, he said.

Several injured people were rushed to hospital, the official said, the number was yet to be collated. The number of casualties may rise.

Though exact cause of the accident was yet to be ascertained but it seemed prima facie that the driver lost control over the speeding vehicle, which skidded off the bridge to plung into the river.

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