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Dozens killed including girl, 7, as speeding bus crashes into rickshaw in India and falls into well

Dozens are killed including a seven-year-old girl as speeding bus crashes into a rickshaw in India and falls into a well

  • At least 27 have died after a bus and rickshaw plunged into well on Tuesday 
  • Emergency crews worked through the night in Nashik to haul the vehicles out
  • Out of the 59 people on board the bus and rickshaw, just seven were unharmed
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences for the tragic loss of life 

At least 27 people, including a seven-year-old girl, have been killed in India after a speeding bus clattered into a rickshaw and plunged into a 60ft well.

Emergency crews worked through the night in Nashik to help to haul the State Transport bus from the well and recover the bodies of the dead.

Both the bus, which was carrying 42, and the rickshaw, packed with 10 occupants, plunged into the well on Tuesday evening.

Rescuers attaching ropes to the bus

Emergency crews worked through the night in Nashik to help to haul the State Transport bus from the well and recover the bodies of the dead

Thirty-two people were rushed to hospital for their injuries senior police officer Vasudev Desale said.

News agency Press Trust of India reported a seven-year-old girl was among the dead.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences on the deaths and hopes for speedy recovery of the injured.

Onlookers gathering around the crumpled remains of an auto-rickshaw that crashed with a bus at Meshi Phata on the Malegaon Deola Road in Maharashtra's Nashik district

Onlookers gathering around the crumpled remains of an auto-rickshaw that crashed with a bus at Meshi Phata on the Malegaon Deola Road in Maharashtra’s Nashik district

A man walks past the wrangled remains of the bus after it was hauled from the well in Nashik, India

A man walks past the wrangled remains of the bus after it was hauled from the well in Nashik, India

‘The accident in Maharashtra’s Nashik district is unfortunate. In this hour of sadness, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.’ The PM’s office quoted Modi on Twitter. 

Deadly bus accidents are common in India.

Around 150,000 people die every year on India’s roads, often because of reckless driving, badly maintained roads and vehicles overcrowded with passengers. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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