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28 wedding guests electrocuted in India

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Twenty-eight electrocuted Friday as an overhead cable came in contact with their bus
  • High-voltage wire touched an iron wardrobe on the roof of the bus as it stopped
RELATED TOPICS
  • India
  • Madhya Pradesh

New Delhi, India (CNN) -- 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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