The bus had more than 46 people, designed for 34
An official said that a congested bus was thrown into a bridge and a canal in central India on Tuesday, killing at least 40 people.
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Six people were rescued after the accident in the state of Madhya Pradesh, District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Choudhary said.
He Said that the bus was carrying more than 46 people, which was designed for 34.
Rescuers recovered 40 bodies and were searching for other passengers. The water supply to the canal was cut to aid the rescue effort.
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The bus was going from Sidhi district towards Satna district when the accident happened. Officers were investigating the cause.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims and described the accident as “horrific”.
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Police say that more than 110,000 people die every year in road accidents across India. Most accidents are blamed on careless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.