Eight die as bus skids off road in Jharkhand

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Ranchi, April 23 (IANS) Eight persons were killed and more than 40 others injured on Sunday when a bus carrying a wedding party met with an accident near state capital Ranchi, police said.

The bus ferrying more than 80 persons was moving to Patratu from Nagari locality of Ranchi when the inebriated driver lost control near Pithoria, around 25 km from Ranchi on the Ranchi-Patratu Road, following which the vehicle went off the road.

A majority of those who were killed or injured were sitting on the roof of the bus.

The injured were admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences at Ranchi.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das condoled the deaths and announced Rs 1 lakh compensation to the next of kin of each of the deceased.

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