37 people feared killed in Assam bus accident

May 31st, 2011 - 1:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, May 31 (IANS) At least 37 people were feared killed and six injured in Assam when a bus carrying a marriage party plunged into a gorge after hitting a wooden bridge late Monday, officials said.

The accident took place around 11 p.m. Monday near village Charabari in Kamrup district, about 30 km from Assam’s main city of Guwahati.

The dead included the groom and relatives.

The bus was on its way from Guwahati to Tihu in Nalbari district.

“The marriage rituals were to take place early Tuesday, with the bus on its way with the groom to the bride’s house in Tihu when the accident took place,” police official A. Das said.

According to witnesses, the driver probably failed to notice the wooden bridge without any railings or signposts and then straightway plunged into a deep gorge.

“Six people were rescued by locals and admitted to local hospitals, while 25 bodies were recovered so far with rescue workers trying to fish out more bodies,” the police official said.

There were 43 passengers on board the bus.

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