Dozens killed as bus plunges off bridge into river in India

The victims were in a state transport bus which fell from a bridge into the Purna river in the Navsari district

Dozens killed as bus plunges off bridge into river in India

Image: A bus also crashed into the Purna river in 2012, killing 17 people Credit: AP/Press Association images

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

The victims were in a state transport bus which fell from a bridge into the Purna river in the Navsari district of south Gujarat on Friday, 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."

He said police, fire brigade and ambulance services were engaged in a rescue operation at the scene.

"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.

Gujarat's chief minister Anandiben Patel tweeted: "Deeply pained to learn about the unfortunate bus accident on Purna River Bridge in Navsari. My prayers are with victims & their families!"