India bus crash: Dozens of passengers killed after bus plunges off bridge

'The death toll has risen to 37. At least 24 others are admitted to hospital for treatment'

At least 37 people have been killed after a bus plunged off a bridge into a river in India, the AFP news agency reports.

The state transport bus fell into the Purna river in Navsari district in south Gujarat, according to the Times of India.

Police superintendent MS Bharada said: "Twenty bodies have been taken out from the river after the bus fell off a bridge into Purna river near Supa village.

"The bus was going from Navsari to Ukai when the accident took place. We do not know the exact number of people travelling in the bus, but it is said that it was full." 

The passengers included students and employees working in different private and government offices, the Indian Express reports

Police, fire brigade and ambulance services are engaged in a rescue operation.

"The death toll has risen to 37. At least 24 others are admitted to hospital for treatment," senior administrative official Remya Mohan in Gujarat state told AFP.​

A World Health Organisation report found more than 230,000 people are killed in traffic accidents in India every year.

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