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India bus crash kills 33 Hindu pilgrims

Posted December 23, 2017 4:51 p.m. EST
Updated December 23, 2017 10:47 p.m. EST

— At least 33 pilgrims were killed on their way to a Hindu temple in northern India on Saturday after their bus plunged off a bridge, according to police.

The crash happened early Saturday in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan when the bus broke the railing on the bridge and plummeted into the Banas River, police said. Seven people were injured.

Police did not release any information on what caused the accident.

"Anguished by the bus accident in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur district," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet. "My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. State Government is closely monitoring the situation, including rescue operations and providing all possible assistance to those affected."

The bus was traveling from Hindaun in eastern Rajasthan to a Hindu temple in Sawai Madhopur, according to state media.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his condolences to the victims' families in an official tweet.