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Bus drives off bridge into canal in central India; 40 dead

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An overcrowded bus drove off a bridge and into a canal in central India on Tuesday, killing at least 40 people, an official said.

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Six people were rescued after the accident in Madhya Pradesh state, District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Choudhary said.

Rescuers work at the site of a bus accident in Sidhi district, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (Madhya Pradesh District Public Relation Office Sidhi via AP)

Rescuers work at the site of a bus accident in Sidhi district, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (Madhya Pradesh District Public Relation Office Sidhi via AP)

He said more than 46 people were on board the bus, which was designed for 34.

Rescuers recovered 40 bodies and were searching for other passengers. The water supply to the canal was cut to aid the rescue effort.

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The bus was traveling from Sidhi district to Satna district when the accident occurred. Officials were investigating the cause.

(Madhya Pradesh District Public Relation Office Sidhi via AP)

(Madhya Pradesh District Public Relation Office Sidhi via AP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims and called the accident “horrific.”

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Police say more than 110,000 people are killed every year in road accidents across India. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

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