Bus crash
Bus crash

The police on Thursday, confirmed the death of 17 people who died when a bus fell off a bridge into a dry river bed in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

The bus driver lost control as he tried to avoid a head-on collision with a motorcycle and the vehicle fell off a small bridge on Wednesday night in Balrampur district.

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The officers, Sadanand Kumar who was on patrol said that fourteen people and two motorbike rider died on the spot while more than 50 injured later succumbed to their injuries.

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“All the victims were men.

“The bus was travelling from a town in neighbouring Jharkhand state to Chhattisgarh capital Raipur.

“The accident took place near Daldhowa in Balrampur district, about 400 kilometres north-west of Raipur,’’ he said.

Reports say India has the highest number of traffic fatalities in the world.

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An average of 135,000 people died on the country’s roads yearly, according to government data.

The accidents are mostly blamed on poorly maintained roads and vehicles or negligent driving.