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. Prashant Patel (Baton Rouge,LA)

    Hey Jack,

    I hope you dont ever have to deal with something tragic where it involves your loved ones being electrocuted and dying from it. And I hope no one comments, "That's ones or 10 less members from Jack N Hauf's Family."

    But if someone does say it, I hope you get a chance to hear it.

    At the end of the day, a Life is a Life, doesnt matter if that life derives in a populated area or in the middle of no where. But a Life is a Life.

    You will remember that, when you lose someone in your own family.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kishore

    If I see Vassanthi Betali in person, I would punch the living daylights out of her. That's a promise. And Ramesh too.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nobody

    Jack . N. Hauf:

    I have done my math:

    Total number of people of European origin in the world: approx. 900 million

    Total number of Indians : 1.1 billion. Make allowance for the fact that India is an older civilisation ...

    Finally, how does India's over-population make the incident less tragic...I bet electrocution feels just about the same to any human.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Neil N. Robert

    @Nobody: Been there, done that. Not too fun at the moment it's happening, but having survived it, it's freakin' hilarious now. So yep, still intact.

    I understand empathy just fine. I used to be a nice, sensitive guy. Got tired of feeling hurt/victimized/sorry - all for OTHER people all the time - especially since the vast majority of the time, it's their own fault they're in the situation in the first place.

    Now this particular case, it happens that there's no way they really could have seen it coming. It sucks, but there you have it.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pikachu

    I bet nobody on the bus knew WATT happened!

    I'm sure the bride at the wedding was exSTATIC to hear what happened!

    Sounds like the wedding was a SHOCKING success!

    May 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nonee

    This is tragic and i hope there souls rest in peace.I feel really sorry for the families who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident.
    I am a proud Indian and mishaps and accidents happen in every country in this world because of somethings that went wrong and which could have been prevented .So please don't blame any country or its people or give a staus of third world or second or first.We are all human beings and country or religion shouldn't be brought into our lives for evrything.I sound philosophical but shouldn't this be a reality.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Prashant Patel (Baton Rouge,LA)

    For the people who are laughign at this news.

    Just to let you know, when 9/11 occured, people in India were not laughing and saying, "oh well 5,000 less peopel in america, or 1 less building in america."
    an Hour after it occured, my family memebers from india whom I have not spoken to for over a year before that tragedy, had called me with condolense for our American Nation.

    Though it is a 3rd world country, many people in india and from India donated time and money to heal the pain for the 9/11 tragedy.

    I just dont know what else to say to people that have posted these shameless comments about this tragedy. "IS THAT WHAT REALLY AMERICA REPRESENTS?, ARE PEOPLE IN AMERICA REALLY THAT HEARTLESS."

    May 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Allah

    Hahaha did someone say Pakistan is better at anything? Certainly not cricket that's for sure!! Ramesh you speak as though Pakistan is actually a real country and not some pathetic failed state that is teetering on the brink and causing untold damage to the rest of the world. Pakistan is not a country it is an embarassment controlled by mad men and terrorists.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scott

    Their electrical grid is nothing like ours. We are a hundred years ahead of them in electrical safety and grid planning. Sad these people didn't even know the proper way to survive an accident like this.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nobody

    @Neil N. Robert,

    Okay, so you do have heart...and a sense of humor;-)

    May 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sushri

    Many people here seem to be mistaken – India is NOT a Third World Country. It is a DEVELOPING country.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. observer

    no point comparing developing countries india & pakistan as seen from above comments. The leaders and public in all developing countries should ensure that infrastructure is safe and sound. IF some corruption is the root cause of bad infrastructure the preptrators of the corruption should be punished.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Fury

    Sounds like an episode of Fringe

    May 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pat

    It's really sad that children were lost.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Prashant Patel (Baton Rouge,LA)


    Its because of the damn politicians in india whose income through bribery and 3rd party commission can be over $100 million , NOT RUPEES, per years.

    Plus each one of those politicians are worried more about living a life of luxury. The goverment provides for them, a Nice big bungalow to live in , 2 or 3 Mercedes and a driver for each. A personal car and a driver for the wife. A cook, A gardner or 2, and atleast 10 other servants. Also, there is 24 hours armed policemen (NOT GUARDS) guarding their home.

    All this for life.

    Now this is a life of an average politician in india.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
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