At least eight people killed and twenty other injured when a private bus fell into a flooded river near Raisen in Madhya Pradesh state of India.
The incident took place around 1.30 am, at a spot about 40 km from the state capital Bhopal.
The dead, including two women and a child, were identified as residents of Chhatarpur and Raisen. The injured have been admitted to Hamidia Hospital in state capital Bhopal.
According to the eyewitnesses, the driver of the bus, carrying 45 people from Chhatarpur from Bhopal, lost control over the vehicle due to a pothole.
Police and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been carrying out rescue operation for the past eight hours as many people are reportedly missing after the accident, said police.
Raisen district collector Uma Shankar Bhargava said the bus was probably speeding and fell off the bridge after breaking its side-wall as the driver lost control.
However, he has ordered an inquiry into the accident