RATLAM: At slightest 14 individuals were killed and 17 others harmed as a private transport fell into a substantial pit loaded with water close Namli town in Ratlam today.
PM Modi, who went to Bhopal amid the day, grieved the disaster.So far 14 bodies have been hauled out from the transport, Ratlam area gatherer Chandrashekar Borkar said, and including three people were protected.
The transport was en route to Jaora from Ratlam when the incident happened on the four-Path Street at 12 Patthar Khadan, around two km from Namli town, he said.
The transport fell into a pit burrowed for the dirt/rock to be utilized as a part of street lying. Rain water had gathered in the pit.
Prima facie, the speeding bus fell into the pit after its steering broke and the driver lost control over the vehicle, Additional Superintendent of Police Dr Prashant Choube said.A National Disaster Response Force team from Bhopal and divers from Indore were called to carry out rescue operation.
The Prime Minister expressed grief over the incident. “Extremely distressed by the loss of lives caused by the bus accident in Ratlam, MP. My thoughts are with the bereaved
families.”I wish those injured in the bus accident in Ratlam a quick recovery,” Modi said in two tweets.
Unverified reports said there were 40-45 travelers in the transport. As indicated by onlookers, it was going at a rapid when it toppled and fell into the pit.Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reported ex-gratia of Rs. two lakh each to the relative of expired and Rs. 25,000 each to the harmed.