At least six people have died and over a dozen have sustained injuries after a Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) bus plunged into Ringdi River along the Shillong-Tura route.

The accident took place during the wee hours of Thursday at Nongchram in East Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.

At least 16 people have also sustained injuries in the accident.

The injured persons have been admitted to at hospitals in Williamnagar and Tura.

According to reports, the bus was travelling at a very high speed when it met with the accident.

Meanwhile, search and rescue operations are underway to trace one missing person.

The deceased persons are yet to be identified.

Families of the passengers have been requested to call East Garo Hills police control room number 8794765696 for more information.

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Meanwhile, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma has expressed grief at the demise of the six person in the accident.

“Pained by the unfortunate MTC bus accident at Nongchram Bridge that claimed precious lives. My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and I wish speedy recovery to those injured,” Conrad Sangma tweeted.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya minister James Sangma said that he is personally looking into the treatment of the injured passengers.

“In relation to the MTC bus accident at Nongchram Bridge,I’m personally following up on the injured & treatment provided to them. Doctors & healthcare staff are providing the best treatment needed. If anyone has leads of others who might need help, feel free to apprise me,” said James Sangma.

(This is a developing story)

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