Solapur: At least 32 people were killed and 15 injured as a tourist bus, travelling from Hyderabad to Shirdi, fell off a bridge last night. Officials fear that the number of dead may go higher.
According to officials, the private bus skid off a narrow road and fell off a bridge at Solapur in Maharashtra. The victims hailing from Hyderabad were returning after a pilgrimage to Shirdi Saibaba Temple in Ahmednagar district, when the mishap occurred at 2:40 AM, police said.
The deceased are yet to be identified.
The injured have been admitted to Osmanabad and Solapur civic hospitals.
A team of medical and government officials from Andhra Pradesh has left for the spot to help the injured and make arrangements to coordinate with the Maharashtra state officials, Commissioner, Information and Public Relations R V Chandravadan said.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has expressed grief over the incident and has directed Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi to help those injured.
Story first published:
June 16, 2012 07:34 IST