Bengal Bus Slams Through Bridge Into River, Police Tear-Gases Mob

Bengal Bus Slams Through Bridge Into River, Police Tear-Gases Mob

At least 10 people died and several were missing as a bus fell into a river in Daulatabad village of Murshidabad district in West Bengal on Monday morning.

The incident occurred between 5.30 am and 6 am on Monday morning when the Baharampur-bound bus from Domkal in the district broke the railing of the bridge and nose-dived into the river.

Rescuers found the body of a woman floating.

Angry at the delay in rescue operations, locals set fire to a police vehicle and damaged two others and the area quickly into a virtual battleground between the villagers and the police. Locals said that the number of casualties is expected to rise as several people are feared to be trapped inside the submerged bus.

It was not immediately know how many passengers were in the bus that had sunk in the canal. She will reach the accident spot by 2.30 PM, police said.

Primary investigation suggests the driver had lost control of the vehicle, the police said.

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They also said that there were about 30 passengers inside the bus when it plunged into the canal. The police had to use teargas to quell the protests, according to NDTV.

A boat which was in the mid-stream began the rescue operation.

The accident happened when the bus was crossing the Balighat Bridge.

Later, the transport minister along with other officials rushed to the spot on a helicopter on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's instructions.

Locals rescued four others from the canal.

The rescued passengers alleged that the accident took place due to the "negligence" of the driver.

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