Nine people, including eight women farm labourers, died when an autorickshaw and a state transport bus collided on National Highway-60 in Bengal’s Birbhum district on Tuesday afternoon, a senior police officer said.
The incident took place at Mallarpur near Rampurhat when the overcrowded autorickshaw collided head-on with the South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) bus.
Birbhum district Superintendent of Police Nagendra Nath Tripathi said that the eight women were passengers of the three-wheeler and the ninth victim its driver.
The women were returning home from a paddy field, he said.
Their bodies have been taken to Arambagh hospital, where post-mortem will be conducted, the police officer said.
The bus was on its way to Durgapur from Arambagh when the collision occurred.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)