25 killed as bus plunges into river

Associated Press

Patna, June 8:

A bus carrying wedding guests veered out of control and crashed into a river in eastern India, killing 25 people, police said today. The bus was travelling yesterday in Bihar state when the driver lost control and it plunged into the Bagmati River near the village of Runisaitpur, said district magistrate Arun Prasad. Twenty-five people were believed killed in the bus accident, which took place not far from where a boat capsized in the river, apparently killing 40 people. Seven of the 32 people on board the bus survived and police were looking for the others in the fast currents of the river, magnified by a sudden rush of water from Nepal, Prasad said.

Earlier, a boat crowded with mostly women and children capsized in the same river. Some 40 people were feared dead in that accident after the boat, ferrying people from Dubaghat village to a nearby village, sank in the Bagmati, said Navin Kumar Sinha, district magistrate of the neighbouring Sheohar district. Prasad said of the bus crash: "We are trying to locate the other people, but they are all feared killed. We have found no other bodies since last night. They might have flowed away in the strong current."