Bus crashes into river in India, killing 24 people

NEW DELHI: A bus plunged into a river in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people from a wedding party, police said.

The driver lost control of the bus after one of the vehicle's tires burst as it was traveling on a highway, police officer Rajendra Kumar said.

Five survivors have been hospitalised with injuries, he said.

The accident happened near Kota in Rajasthan state, nearly 500 kilometres ( 310 miles) south of New Delhi.

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.

In September 2018, a bus carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of southern India plunged off a road and killed at least 55 people.