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. Pete

    Reply to whuttupper: You said "28 fewer potential terrorists to worry abut". What a moronic comment. India is a country with a Hindiu majority. Hindus are not terrorists In fact the were fighting Islamic terrorism long before you mom was born. When US was lying in bed with the Muslim terrorists in Pakistan and Afganistan India was crying foul. India warned the US of Al Queda and Taliban long before 9/11. For a long time, US favoured Pakistan against India. Of course it took 9/11 for US to understand Islamic terrorism. Now you call Indians "terrorist"? Well...learn about your enemies. First try to find your a$$ from our head.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lakshman

    Its a heartbreaking news.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nate from Atlanta

    If all of the people would have stay on the bus they would have been fine because the current had no where to go due to the insulation of the rubber tires. When the first person put there foot outside on the ground that gave the current somewhere to go thus killing everyone.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. zeeba neighba

    Kiwi US (#65) – FYI, the people who follow the Islamic religion are Muslims. Moslems are the fat old guys who wear red fezes and drive tiny cars in parades. And they are indeed terrifying.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Syphon Filter

    Our thoughts and prayers goes out to those who lost their lives in this tragic event. Sometimes we take life for granted. What may seem like a bus ride to one of the most beautiful days (wedding) in our lifetime, turns tragically horrible and sad. Life is so short, and so many different things can go wrong. If your alive, please never take anything for granted. Enjoy to love your family. Don't work so much and neglect the ones you love. Less never forget how fragile life is. Best wishes to all who has read this comment.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alex

    Only 23 people were "electrocuted", not 28. How can CNN's "professional" writers not know the meaning of "electrocute"?

    May 14, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Captain D

    I'm just waiting to hear from Hannity and Beck tonight. Somehow they will find a way to make this Obama's fault. I just know it. The oil spill is Obama's fault. The tornadoes are Obama's fault. People being electrocuted on the other side of the planet must somehow be Obama's fault.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Stephen

    Typical day in India.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gia

    Pete you read my mind! whuttupper your ignorance about global events, global relations and terrorism is hilarious. Stop trying to act like you have any idea what you are talking about.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Vick

    Muslims are dirty

    May 14, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nobody

    May those who lost lives RIP .

    Before making insensitive remarks about the tragedy, particularly ridiculing India's 3rd world status & questioning the intelligence of Indians, pause & consider this:

    Indian mathematicians invented the most sophisticated number system of all: it is in use even today: the so called base 10 arabic numbers, with decimal separator & fractional notation.

    Neil. N .Robert, do you have a soul ?

    May 14, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Relax

    Relax Maxwell. Don't generalize populations in excess of 300 million people from stuff you see on the internet.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    Note to self: Stay out of India

    May 14, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mano

    This is tragic news. RIP to all those who are not with us and speedy recovery for the suffering.

    Buses in India have a carriage on top and people pack alll sorts of things on them.
    Drivers usually watch out for such cables and judge if they can pass through or not.

    Many years ago ..I was on a bus like this and we narrowly escaped an accident from some quick thinking by the driver. Someone had packed lot of wicker pads on the top and due to wind they crossed the cables and cut them.

    Drivers and conductors on the bus sometimes take bribes to pack baggages on top execeeding the quota throwing passenger safety under the bus.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Reformer

    For any problem it is PEOPLE – the HUMAN BEING is the central reason.
    The problem is complicated as we have many (Population).
    You need to address the root cause – so fix the HUMAN Element !
    * Do you have time, money and resource......
    Obviously No. Why – Developing country..
    Ok..let us say we got refine.
    * Wait..again PEOPLE – Human being – corrupts the plan..
    Bribery, Lazy, don't work as planned..leading to loss of resource / money..back to square one..what is the problem "HUMAN BEING".
    Eliminate the problem = Eliminate Human Being..
    Society = 0.
    Problem solved. !!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
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