27 killed after bus overturns, catches fire in Bihar's Motihari

WION Web Team
Motihari, Bihar, IndiaUpdated: May 03, 2018, 08:22 PM IST

The bus reportedly fell into a ditch, after which it caught fire. Photograph:(WION)

At least 27 people died when a bus caught fire after it overturned in Bihar's Motihari district. 

The bus reportedly fell into a ditch and caught fire.

The accident occurred under the Kotwa police station area, over 75 km from the state capital.    

Pratyay Amrit, Principal Secretary - Disaster Management Department, said that most of the charred bodies were still inside the bus.

According to police, an air-conditioned bus from Muzaffarpur to Delhi met with the accident after the driver lost control over it.

Soon after the bus overturned, it caught fire and the seven persons were either charred or died due to suffocation from smoke inside the vehicle.

Police officials said the passengers who managed to come out of the bus had been admitted to a hospital.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief over the loss of lives and announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased.