May 14th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

28 electrocuted in India on bus on way to wedding

Twenty-eight wedding guests were electrocuted Friday as an overhead cable came in contact with their bus in central India, police said.

Twenty-three women, three men and two children died. Five passengers jumped to safety and suffered minor injuries. The bus driver was not injured.

The high-voltage wire touched an iron wardrobe on the roof of the bus as it stopped at Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh state, said top district administrator K.K. Khare.

As passengers began stepping down while holding the steel railings, the current passed to the ground to cause a jolting electric shock in the bus, Khare said.

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  1. Aarthi

    It is truly sad that after people have died that we don't respect and think about those families that lost their loved ones and instead make it into a political debate. All countries have some level of corruption, but because it happened in India in the context of their political system doesn't make this incident any less important or less tragic...

    May 14, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alex P. Keaton


    "Pakistan is far better"? In terms of total number of terrorists, maybe... Yes, Pakistan by far outnumbers India in that. When is the last time India was the backer of terrorist acts? When did India finance terrorists to attack innocent people? When has India backed suicide bombers? My point is made. Oh, and just remember, you are able to post comments because of the INDIAN techies who keep IT alive. IDIOT!

    – AK


    In a similar accident, 10 Hindus returning from a cremation were electrocuted on Thursday when a live power cable fell on their bus in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Pakistan is far better
    Posted by: Ramesh Manghirmalani

    May 14, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Eric

    Very Horribly Sad. Thats all can be said.

    May 14, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. ross

    Insensitive IDIOTS! Current doesnt flow until a path is completed to ground. When the
    first passenger stepped off the bus (and most likely he/she didnt know bus was in
    imminent danger), the circuit was complete thus more than likely the rest were killed on the bus. May their souls rest in peace.

    May 14, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    Damn, and I was hope dick cheney was on that bus!

    May 14, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. cp

    What does it mean that 5 people "jumped" to safety, if everybody on the bus got electrocuted simultaneously?

    May 14, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. russ

    Ok folks, let's learn some tings about the transfer of electricity before making rediculous comments. When the passengers who held the railing completed the electric current they created a path for electricity to travel from the source through the bus then through themselves. Not in any way does this create a path through the other passengers unless these other passengers happen to be holding hands or in contact with the passenger who created the path. One passenger touching the rail does not "electrocute the bus" first of all, the bus is inanimate and can not be could however be "electrified". Now, given that Indian buses are very overcrowded, it's not too unlikely that many of the passengers where touching as they exited, thus creating further paths through the bus and skin contact (we're mostly water by the way) to the ground. No where in the article does it state that the driver rammed a pole...where do you come up with that idea? It was a low hanging wire that came into contact with a structure on the top. The rubber tires initially prevented completion of the circuit path, if everyone stayed put, they would have been fine.

    May 14, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Wayne

    Nick, Adam...
    You're both wrong.... Anyone STAYING on the bus was perfectly safe... it's only those persons debarking (and completing the circuit) that would be electrocuted.... The metal shell of the bus woul protect those who remained aboard and did not touch ground. by the way, I'm an engineer.

    May 14, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rashid

    Who will get their H1-B visas? Can I apply for one?
    Thank you very much, please.

    May 14, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. C Jazzy Jeff

    Still think the US is a horrible place? We walk into buildings that we KNOW will not fall on us...we drink water we KNOW will not make us sick...and we eat food we KNOW will not kill us...everyone take a breath and say it with me now...THE UNITED STATES IS THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!

    May 14, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. russ

    wayne, don't forget the likelihood of passengers being in contact with each other. That creates a path from the soruce through the bus through the passenger to passenger contac through the person touching the rail to the ground.

    if they stayed on the bus and did not simultaneously touch a passenger within the circuit to the ground and a metal (or otherwise conductive part) of the bus, then, they would be fine...

    May 14, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tabrez

    WHAT A DISASTER!!! A news so important is not yet covered in the Indian media though we have a zillion media giants.. Politicians have to get more responsible & start making "SAFETY OF AAM ADMI (NORMAL HUMAN-BEING)" a PRIORITY!!!

    May 14, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. GGG

    In Pakistan, occurrences of these types of accidents are avoided by reducing power availability. Since power is only available 50% of the time, accidents like these are also reduced by 50%.

    May 14, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. russ

    The one thing that many people are missing here is that the majority of passengers were women and children, in a society where science education for woman is still lacking, most of these passengers probably don't know much about how electricity travels. Here, we learn about this by highschool (you don't need to be an engineer to understand the basics, just pass some simple high school classes)

    May 14, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Beth

    What is wrong with people? This is a tragedy! Stop arguing over the details of what happened, who cares how it happened?! People were killed! I don't know what saddens me more, the deaths or the heartless comments.

    May 14, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
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