In a shocking incident, Nine people died when a pick-up van carrying marriage party fell from a pontoon bridge into river Ganga in Patna's Danapur locality on Friday morning. District Magistrate Chandrasekhar Singh said the driver of the vehicle with around 13 people on board lost control of it while crossing the Peepa Pul in Akihpur area.
The incident took place around 7.30 am. The pick-up van was carrying members of a family returning from a marriage function at Akhipur to their Chitrakut Nagar residence in Danapur.
Singh announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each for the next of kin of the dead. BJP Lok Sabha member and former union minister Ramkripal Yadav reached the spot and supervised rescue operations. The pick-up van has been pulled out of the river with the help of a crane.