At least 28 passengers, including four kids, were killed on Saturday afternoon after a bus plunged into a canal in Karnataka’s Mandya district.
The bus carrying 35 passengers got completely submerged in the 12-feet deep water body. Some locals jumped in to rescue the victims, but found it tough to pull out those stuck inside. Officials said that the toll is likely to rise further and several more have suffered serious injuries.
according to the officials A boy who jumped out of the bus is the only survivor.
The incident occurred after the vehicle fell into VC canal of the Cauvery river near Kanakanamaradi of Pandavapura taluk. The bus, which was headed towards Mandya city from Pandavapura, had several school kids in it as they had a half-day on Saturday, locals said.
Karnataka: Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy visits the site of the accident where 25 people died after a bus fell into a canal near Mandya; announces a compensation for Rs 5 lakh for the families of the deceased pic.twitter.com/IEFOQsV3SQ
— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2018
Deeply pained the bus accident in Karnataka’s Mandya. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. May God give them strength in this hour of sadness: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 24, 2018
Speaking to reporters at Mangaluru Airport Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara said 28 persons drowned to death in bus tragedy and driver has fled the scene. He also said that he will be visiting the spot tomorrow and inquiry will be ordered.
CM HD Kumaraswamy burst into tears after seeing deceased bodies in Kanaganamaradi. He has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased.
According to eyewitnesses, the bus was going at a high speed and the driver lost control when he had to take a right turn, leading to the accident. They told Indiamoods.com that the driver and the conductor swam out of the canal and fled after the accident.
I'm sorry to hear about the terrible bus accident in Mandya district of Karnataka in which over 20 people are feared dead & many others injured.
I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased & pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 24, 2018