Motihari: At least 27 people were killed in Bihar’s Motihari town after the bus in which they were travelling in caught fire as it overturned. The death toll is expected to rise in the incident.
The New Delhi-bound bus was carrying 35 passengers and had left from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur when it went off the road and overturned due to a large pothole.
The accident happened near Kotwa Police Station on National Highway No. 28 in the Motihari district, according to reports. The eyewitnesses, who rushed to help after seeing a huge plume of smoke billowing out of the bus, said that the death toll may go up.
The locals are currently helping the passengers trapped in the bus and the Motihari district administration officials have also rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.
Motihari District Magistrate and Superintendents of Police have also reached the accident spot and at least four people have been rescued safely.
The Motihari bus mishap took place nearly a month after at least 10 people, including two women and as many children, were killed when a bus skidded off an elevated highway in Sitamarhi, Bihar.
Earlier on April 7, a similar accident took place in Bihar’s Mirganj, when another bus overturned because the driver and conductor were allegedly fighting, and the distracted driver lost control.