22 missing after bridge collapse
TWO buses carrying at least 22 people plunged into a fast-flowing river in western India after a bridge collapsed following days of torrential monsoon rains.
Rescuers raced to the crumbled bridge south of Mumbai to search for the passengers swept away following the accident on August 2.
Television footage showed chunks of the British-colonial era bridge had fallen into the rain-swollen Savitri River.
“Twenty-two people from two buses are missing after the 50-feet [15-metre] bridge collapsed,” said Sanjay Patil, police superintendent of Raigad district, where the accident occurred.
The bridge straddling the river lies along a major highway connecting Mumbai to the tourism state of Goa.
Emergency workers armed with diving were scouring the river for the missing, but no one has been rescued so far. –