Dead After Bus Falls Into Canal In Karnataka, Driver Swims To Safety

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Among the confirmed dead are a woman and a child, with the death toll expected to rise.

Thirty passengers, including schoolchildren, were killed when a private bus fell into the Visvesvaraya canal in Mandya district around noon on Saturday.

Mandya is a town located 105km from the city of Bengalaru, located the south of the country.

They added that the only person that can help with details is the boy who escaped the bus as it crashed, but he is now in a state of shock.

The bus, with at least 30 passengers, was heading from Pandavapura to Mandya when it plunged into the canal near Kanaganamaradi.

The driver reportedly managed to come out of the bus and swam to safety. "That is the latest report", said Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, expressing grief over the tragedy.

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Dramatic image from the scene show locals trying to pull the submerged bus out of the water with ropes.

Farmers working in nearby fields started rescue work immediately and saved a few passengers. The Congress leader said he believes that the bus driver was not driving properly and he will find out what went wrong.

"Deeply pained the bus accident in Karnataka's Mandya. May God give them strength in this hour of sadness".

As a mark of respect for the victims, the Karnataka government postponed the state film awards event scheduled for Saturday evening.

Locals said they rescued three people even before the police reached the spot. "I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased & pray for the speedy recovery of the injured".

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