12 Feared Dead, Many Injured After Minibus Falls In River

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Maharashtra: At least twelve persons were killed and as many injured when a mini-bus carrying 17 passengers fell into Panchganga river at Kolhapur in Western Maharashtra, Police said.

According to local officials, many were also feared missing in the accident that took place in Panchganga river at about midnight. The bus was travelling from the coastal city of Ratnagiri to Kolhapur. The mishap occurred at around 11.45 pm on Shivaji bridge when the driver lost control over the vehicle while travelling from Ganpatipule to Pune, an official of Kolhapur police said.

Police and fire brigade was alerted by some onlookers following which a search and rescue operation was launched, he said.The initial reports suggest that the driver due to some reasons lost control and the bus fell into the river. As of now, police have reached the spot and search and rescue operations have been launched.

Out of the seven persons rescued from the river four were declared brought dead at a hospital while three injured are undergoing treatment, the official said.

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