37 killed in western India bus crash

A speeding bus careered off a river bridge in western India Tuesday, killing 37 people and injuring another 14, police said, AFP reports.

The pre-dawn accident happened in the Khed area of Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra state, 350 km south of the state capital Mumbai.

“The bus was speeding and the driver probably lost control at the turning ahead of the bridge. It is unclear whether the driver was drunk,” Mahendra Singh Pardesi, head of the Khed police station, told AFP by telephone.

The bus was travelling from the holiday state of Goa to Mumbai.

Most of the injured, including the driver, sustained head and arm injuries and were undergoing treatment at a local hospital, he said.

Pardesi said there was one foreign tourist on the bus, a Russian woman who escaped without serious injuries.

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