16 persons were killed and 25 other were injured when a bus fell from a 50 ft high bridge in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district on Tuesday morning. State Home Minister Narottam Mishra briefing the media added, “The accident took place at 8.40 am. The bus fell from the bridge on a dry bed of the Borad river near Dongargaon village.” Narottam Mishra added that the magisterial enquiry has been ordered.
According to ANI, Dharam Veer Singh, SP Khargone said that the incident occurred at Dongargaon bridge near the Dasanga area under the Oon police station in the district. According to the details, more than 50 passengers were onboard the bus travelling to Indore when the skidded off the bridge and fell beneath. According to media reports, the bus, MP10-P-7755, was reportedly owned by Sharda Travels. The deceased include driver, conductor and cleaner of the bus. Locals in the area rushed to the spot and undertook a rescue operation. Injured passengers were rushed to a nearby hospital.
The Madhya Pradesh government announced Rs 4 lakh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs as ex-gratia to the family members of the deceased. The state government also announced Rs 50,000 for medical assistance of those critically injured, while Rs 25,000 for the injured.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan and MP former CM Kamal Nath expressed their grief over the accident and conveyed condolence to the families of those who lost their lives in the accident.