In a tragic incident, at least six people were killed after a Meghalaya Transport Corporation night bus fell into a river in Meghalaya’s Garo Hill on Wednesday night.
According to sources, the bus carrying at least 21 Passengers from Tura to Shillong fell off the Nongshhram bridge in Garo Hills.
Four bodies were fished out from the river and two more bodies were trapped inside the bus.
Sources said 16 passengers were rescued and sent to the hospital for treatment. Most of them were injured but out of danger.
A massive search and rescue operation was launched hours after the tragic mishap.
According to reports, the passengers were asleep in the night bus when the accident took place.
The place of the accident is Nongshram bridge which is on the border between East Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills district. The accident happened late into the night after the bus had crossed Rongjeng town on its way to Shillong.
Some injured passengers have told locals that the bus was overspeeding when the accident happened.
Sources said the front portion of the bus hit the bridge posts on the side and went over into the water. The MTC drivers have a long history of reckless driving and this is suspected to be the prime cause of the accident.
“An MTC night bus traveling from Tura to Shillong plunge into the Ringdi River at Nongchram today at 12.00 Am. The rescue team from Rongjeng and Williamnagar Fire and emergency services rushed to the accident site for helping the victims.
Five people have been confirmed dead others injured are being shifted to Rongjeng PHC for medical assistance. Rescue attempts are on to save lives. The river had swollen due to rain with strong current. As per the list collected from concerned counters, there were 9 (nine) passengers from Tura and 12 (Twelve) passengers from Williamnagar,” East Garo Hills Police wrote on its Facebook page.