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Bus falls into river on Mumbai-Goa highway, 37 killed

Last updated on: March 19, 2013 12:10 IST

At least 37 people were killed and seven injured when a speeding Mumbai-bound luxury bus plunged into the Jagbudi River in Ratnagiri district in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The accident occurred around 3.30 am near Khed, when the driver was negotiating a steep turn and lost control over the vehicle, which fell off the Jagbudi Bridge from a height of about 40 feet, said Khed police station in-charge Mahendra Singh Pardeshi.

The bus, which was badly damaged, was on its way back from Goa when the mishap took place.

Bodies of 37 passengers have been extricated so far and have been kept at the Khed municipal hospital, where the injured have also been admitted, he said. The deceased have not been identified yet. Rescue operations are still going on and the bus is being retrieved from the river, said the police.

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