Update: At least four passengers were killed and over a dozen others feared dead when a bus fell into a roadside pond in Bihar’s Madhubani district today.
Patna: At least 50 people were feared dead after the bus they were travelling in fell into a pond in Madhubani district on Monday afternoon, officials said.
The bus was on its way to Sitamarhi from Madhubani, 180 kms northeast of Patna and had reached Basakha Chowk in Benapatti area where the accident is reported to have taken place, officials added.
According to Madhubani district administration sources, bodies of the four passengers, including a woman had been fished out.
Eyewitnesses said the driver lost control and the bus plunged into the pond, which is approximately 25 feet deep. Efforts were on to pull the bus out of the pond.
Locals alleged that the administration was late in starting the rescue operations. Villagers resorted to heavy brick-bating that hampered relief operations.