People conducting rescue operation after accident.
People conducting rescue operation after accident.

A private bus carrying 40 passengers fell into a gorge in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh on October 14. The rescue operation is underway, an police official told.

In the incident, at least 17 persons were killed and several injured.

“So far nine persons have been found dead in the ill-fated bus that fell into the gorge,” Ratlam Superintendent of Police Avinash Sharma said earlier.

The bus was on its way to Mandsaur from Ratlam when the mishap took place.

According to eyewitnesses, the bus was moving on a high speed and suddenly it overturned and fell into the gorge filled with water.

Unconfirmed reports said there were 40-45 passengers in the bus. However, the SP said the figure is not correct.

Efforts were on to pull the bus out of the gorge with the help of local residents.

Senior officials have rushed to the spot and further details are awaited.