48 killed after overcrowded bus plunges into gorge in India

08:09 PM | 1 Jul, 2018
48 killed after overcrowded bus plunges into gorge in India
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MUMBAI – As many as 48 people were killed and another 11 injured when an overcrowded bus spun off a slippery road and fell into a deep ravine in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on Sunday.

The 28-seater bus was carrying 59 passengers, police said, adding a probe will determine the reason of the accident.

India's National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) was called to the crash site and is continuing its efforts to reach any passengers trapped in the wreckage. The injured have been rushed to hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted saying he was “extremely saddened by the bus accident in Pauri Garhwal” while Uttarakhand state Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has ordered a probe into the accident.

Road accidents are frequent in India, with uncontrolled traffic junctions, badly maintained vehicles, poor driving standards blamed for most incidents.

In India, a person is killed in a road accident every four minutes, according to government data.

In April this year, 24 children and three adults were killed when a school bus plunged off a mountain road in Himachal Pradesh.

In the same month, 21 people were killed and many others suffered serious injuries after a mini-truck they were travelling in fell off a bridge over the Son river in Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh.

A total of 480,000 road accidents took place in India in 2016, which resulted in the loss of 150,000 lives and injured 494,000 people.

About 1.2 million Indians were killed in car accidents between 2004-2014, while 5.5 million were seriously injured.