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Bus plunges into river killing 33 people travelling to Hindu temple

Bus plunges into river killing 33 people travelling to Hindu temple
An Indian bus is pulled from the Banas River (Picture: AFP)

A bus in India has plunged into a river, killing at least 33 people.

The vehicle, which was reportedly being driven by a 16-year-old, veered off a bridge in Rajasthan, in the west of the country.

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The speeding bus was trying to overtake another vehicle when it rammed through the bridge railing at around 7am, according to the police.

It fell 65ft into the Banas river.

Emergency services took seven injured passengers in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan state, 235 miles (375km) south of New Delhi.

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Bus plunges into river killing 33 people travelling to Hindu temple
Indian men escort an injured bus passenger (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
Bus plunges into river killing 33 people travelling to Hindu temple
At least 33 people were killed (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
Bus plunges into river killing 33 people travelling to Hindu temple
An Indian bus is pulled from the Banas River (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Officials have recovered at least 33 bodies from the river and all on board the bus have been accounted for.

The victims, who were from various Indian states, were on their way to a nearby Ramdevji Hindu temple in Lalsot, a town in Rajasthan state, for pilgrimage.

The bus had picked up passengers from the Sawai Madhopur railroad station.

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