Gujarat: 21 passengers were killed and more than 50 injured when a private luxury bus overturned in a hilly area in Banaskantha district of North Gujarat on Monday (September 30).

The incident occurred at Trishulia Ghat, a hilly patch on the Ambaji-Danta road near Ambaji town of Banaskantha district. 

According to reports, the private luxury bus, carrying around 70 passengers, tipped over at Trishulia Ghat after the driver lost control over the vehicle due to heavy rain in the area.

These injured passengers were rushed to Danta town's referral hospital and Palanpur civil hospital. 35 of the 53 injured are in critical condition and have been referred to the civil hospital at Palanpur.

In June, nine people had lost their lives in the Trishulia Ghat when a multi-utility vehicle overturned after its brakes failed at a sharp turn.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "extremely pained" to hear about the accident.

"Devastating news from Banaskantha. I am extremely pained by the loss of lives due to an accident. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families.

"The local administration is providing all possible help to the injured. May they recover soon," the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

With PTI inputs