Ratlam (MP), Oct 14: At least seventeen persons were killed and several others injured today when a private bus fell into a gorge near Namli town in the district today, police said.
"So fars seventeen persons have been found dead in the ill-fated bus that fell into the gorge," Ratlam Superintendent of Police Avinash Sharma told PTI.
The bus was on its way to Mandsaur from Ratlam when the mishap took place.
According to eyewitnesses, the bus was moving on a high speed and suddenly it overturned and fell into the gorge filled with water.
Unconfirmed reports said there were 40-45 passengers in the bus. However, the SP said the figure is not correct.
Efforts were on to pull the bus out of the gorge with the help of local residents.
Senior officials have rushed to the spot and further details are awaited.
Madhya Pradesh: Bus carrying more than 40 people falls into a gorge in Ratlam. Rescue op underway. pic.twitter.com/FVXBMdnRfH— ANI (@ANI_news) October 14, 2016
UPDATE: 17 people died after a bus falls into a gorge in Ratlam. Rescue op underway. More details awaited— ANI (@ANI_news) October 14, 2016