At least 27 killed as bus catches fire in Bihar after falling in a pit

Patna, May 3: A major bus accident in Bihar's Motihari district killed at least 27 people. A bus fell into a roadside pit and caught fire about 75 kilometre from the state capital. The accident occurred under the Kotwa police station area. The bus was on its way to Delhi from Muzaffarpur. Many injured are said to be in a critical condition.

Disaster Management Department minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav confirmed death of at least 20 people in the accident. Later news agency ANI updated the death toll to 27. Rescue operations have been started on a war footing with active participation of the locals. Death toll is expected to rise further according to the local officials.