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13 killed as minibus plunges into Maharashtra river

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Jan 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Kolhapur (Maharashtra) Jan 27: At least 13 persons were killed and three others injured after a minibus fell into a river early on Saturday, an official from Kolhapur Control said. The accident occurred shortly after midnight when a private Tempo Traveller bus with around 16 passengers of three Pune-based families was proceeding from Ratgiri to Kolhapur.

The passengers — comprising members of the Kedari, gre and Barkhade families — were returning after a thanksgiving pilgrimage to the famed Ganpatipule beach temple in Ratgiri.

Around 12.50 a.m., when it was speeding along the Shivaji Bridge on the Panchganga River, the driver apparently attempted to overtake a vehicle in front of him. Just then, another speeding vehicle suddenly came in from the opposite lane, causing him to lose control and the minibus rammed into the stone barriers before plunging into the river, around 100-feet below. Police and disaster teams were engaged in a massive operation to search and rescue the victims since morning with heavy-duty cranes and dumpers deployed to hoist the bus from the rocky bottom. (IANS)

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