Maharashtra: 13 dead after mini-bus falls into Panchganga river in Kolhapur


Bus-falls-into-riverMumbai: At least 13 people were killed and others injured after a mini-bus carrying 17 passengers fell into Panchganga river at Kolhapur in Western Maharashtra.

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, over 300 km from Mumbai, an official of Kolhapur police said.

All the commuters hailed from Balewadi in Pune.

Police and fire brigade were alerted by some onlookers following which a search and rescue operation was launched, the official said.

The search for the missing people is underway by the teams of police, civic authorities and locals, he said, adding senior police officials were on the spot.