Minibus falls in river,13 feared dead


Kolhapur : At least 13 persons were killed and four others injured after a minibus fell into a river early on Saturday, an official from Kolhapur Control said.The accident occurred just after midnight when a private Tempo Traveller bus with around 16 passengers of three Pune-based families was proceeding from Ratnagiri to Kolhapur.The passengers were returning after a Thanksgiving pilgrimage to the famed Ganpatipule beach temple in Ratnagiri.
According to reports, the bus was carrying 17 passengers who were returning from Ganapati Pule, a tourist place on the Konkan coast of Pune city.
Initial reports suggest that the driver, due to some reasons, lost control of the vehicle and it plunged into the river after smashing through the railings.
Police say that the bus has been pulled out of the river.


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