With all the recent catastrophes in the news, it is not surprising that this story reared its head a few weeks back. Thirty seven people were killed and 15 injured when a private bus traveling from the beach city of Goa to Mumbai fell off of a bridge in the Khed in Ratnagirir district. The crash took place at approximately 2:30 a.m. when the driver suddenly lost control on the Bharna Bridge over the Jagbudi River, causing the bus to plunge into the river, said BL Shinde an official from the highway department.
If this happened in California, you better believe lawsuits would already be filed. I am not so sure about Indian law on this one however. In any event, according to police official Mahendra Singh Pardeshi the bus had the capacity to carry 55 people, but he unsure how many passengers were onboard at the time the bus went into the river. Emergency responders used gas cutters to extract the survivors and the dead from the bus that was lying upside down on the bank of the Jagbudi River.
Ten of the injured are reported to be in critical condition, one of whom was the driver, according to emergency personnel. Reportedly many of the injured suffered head injuries.
According to authorities there were some foreigners onboard the bus and one Russian national was among the rescued. Police are investigating if the driver of the bus was drunk at the time of the crash and are doing testing. The injured victims from the bus were transported to Khed Civil Hospital.
Can the victims and survivors get money? Isn’t India governed under English Common Law? Anyone know?