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. Opiate of the masses

    What is an "iron wardrobe" that was on top of the bus? Were they going to a wedding and then an Iron Maiden concert? I hear Iron Maiden is big in India now since they are 30 years behind the times.

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

    I see "Beebs" (commenter number 8) found a way to blame the Americans. Didn't take long...

    May 14, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nobody

    Note to Dan:

    Good decision, print this out and stick it in your living room, lest you forget.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. kiki

    "By the way in case of India, we Indians try to help each other even if it means dying.. and I think that's what happened here.. One person got electrocuted, the other tried to help, then other... and it continued.. "

    If this is true it changes the accident from tragic to truly heartbreaking.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. ND

    Carlson...its not the rail that did it...when they stepped off they completed the circuit so i imagine once the first person held the rail and stepped off everyone got electricuted.

    Crazy to imagine...must have been awful to witness.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Maria

    Where are some of you people from?! How heartless can you be? This is a tragedy! This was the loss of children, mothers, sisters, wives! Please sit back and reconsider all that you have written. Sit down and consider the miracle of our existance, that we share a very beautiful blue world and honored to do so together. Words of hate serve only to hurt yourselves, and our hearts. Please stop...these people had dreams, love and laughter...just like you.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    Its surprising how venomous some Indians are towards their own country and countrymen. I have been observing on many forums, they simply start belittling their own county even without slightest of provocation. Indians just don't have pride in themselves or their own country. Well if you don't respect yourself, no one will! No doubt, with such people, India is still a third world country.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alex

    I was taught in school that this was not supposed to happen if you stay in the vehicle, because of the Faraday cage effect. What was different here?

    May 14, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Robert Neo Sin Huat

    This incident is already in the Guiness Book of record. The first in history of mankind and womankind.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. nd

    All of you are very fast in reaction. Anytime anything goes wrong, blame politics or administration or religion or countries! Grow up and rekindle yourself and promote goodness out of low times in life! May God bless the lost ones!

    May 14, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    Those passengers were in for quite a shock!

    May 14, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • leo g.

      im sorry people died, but... i have a simple question.. whats a coat hanger doing on top of a bus??

      October 24, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nobody

    Ron, Indians do have pride in themesleves.

    We have to look back 100s of years to feel proud – our mathematicians innented the number system you use today.

    However, any self-conscious Indian can't help feeling ashamed of it's state today.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. doofus

    shocking news!

    May 14, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Too bad poster Rob wasn't on the bus.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. You People

    I really, really don't like you people. And it's not just because I'm hung over today. I normally wouldn't like you also. My apologies for the grammar issues, but if you don't like it you can just move along.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
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