06/02/2016 8:02 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

37 Dead As State Transport Bus Falls Off A Bridge On Purna River In Gujarat

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Indian rescue workers and villagers try to extract the injured and dead passengers from a Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation's passenger bus which plunged in to river Purna near Navsari, some 315 kms from Ahmedabad on February 5, 2016. packed passenger bus plunged off a bridge into a river in western India Friday killing at least 37 people, an official said, in one of the deadliest road accidents in recent years. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

NAVSARI -- 37 people were killed and 24 injured, four of them seriously, when a state transport bus in which they were travelling plunged from a bridge into Purna river in Navsari district of South Gujarat today, police said.

"Thirty seven people have died in the incident, while 24 others are injured when a bus fell from a 20 feet high bridge on Purna river," Navsari Superintendent of Police M S Bharada said.

Though police are investigating the cause of the mishap, some survivors and eye-witnesses said the bus driver lost control of the vehicle when it was passing the bridge and it hurtled down into the river after breaking iron railings.

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The SP said the condition of four out of the 24 injured passengers was serious.

"The injured have been shifted to four hospitals in Navsari. We are also checking the possibility of shifting those who are seriously injured to hospitals in Surat if needed," the officer said.

The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) bus was headed towards Ukai when the accident took place near the village, situated around 12 kms away from the district headquarters.

"We do not know the exact number of people travelling in the bus, but it is said that it was full (to capacity)," Bharada said.

He said the agencies like police, fire brigade, 108 ambulance services were engaged in rescue operation at the spot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:

Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel tweeted:

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