Nine persons, including two women were on Friday killed and 10 others were seriously injured when an overcrowded bus in which they were travelling, plunged into Sharda canal near in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh.
Additional District Magistrate, Sitapur, RS Tiwari said the private bus fell into the canal on Leharpur Bisva road under Taalgaon police station when the driver lost control over the vehicle.
Local people rushed for help and rescued several passengers. Later, police and civil officials also arrived to gear up the rescue efforts, he said.
10 persons were sent to hospital in critical condition, he added.
Rescue operations were underway with the help of divers to trace missing passengers, he said, fearing the toll might rise.
A crane was brought to retrieve the bus from the canal, he said.