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37 People Dead After Bus Falls Off Bridge in India

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Indian police say at least 37 are dead and 15 were injured after an overnight bus fell off a bridge 125 miles south of Mumbai.

The predawn accident took place Tuesday near Khed in Ratnigiri district of Maharashtra, according Mahendra Singh Pardeshi, a police official present at the crash site. The bus travels regularly between the resort state of Goa to Mumbai. 

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The cause of the accident is unclear. The driver was also injured in the crash. Officials do not know how many were on board, but the bus does have a cacity of 55 passengers.

Early investigations show the driver was speeding through a narrow bridge and lost control of the vehicle at 3:30 am local time. The bus then plowed through a guardrail and fell into the dried up Jagpuri river.

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Acccording to the IBT, police are investigating if the driver was intoxicated.

There were reports of tourists on board, including a Russian national who was saved.

Source: ABC News, International Business Times India