4 missing after car plunges into river in India's Maharashtra

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Deadly road accidents are common in India often caused by overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving.

"Today four people went missing after a car they were travelling in skidded off Mumbai-Goa highway and plunged into Asavi river near Dhamani village," a police official said. "However, the driver managed to come out of the river."

The accident took place near Daman village in Ratnagari district, about 346 km south of Mumbai city, the capital of Msaharashtra.

NEW DELHI, June 27 (Xinhua) -- At least four people went missing on Wednesday after a passenger car they were travelling in skidded off the road and plunged into a river in India's western state of Maharashtra, officials said.

Following the accident rescue operation was carried out by locals who alerted police.

Reports said the searches were going on until last reports poured in.

Officials said later coast guards and disaster response force personnel were pressed into service to search the missing.

Police have registered a case and ordered investigations.