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At least 40 dead as overcrowded bus plunges in gorge in India

At least 40 dead as overcrowded bus plunges in gorge in India

LUCKNOW, India: At least 40 people were killed when a packed bus spun off a slippery road and fell into a deep ravine in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on Sunday, police said.
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand state Trivendra Rawat says the bus skidded and fell into a 700-foot (213-meter) deep gorge.
Rawat says about a dozen others are injured.
Senior police official Sanjay Gunjiyal says rescue work is being hampered by inclement weather. He says rescuers have so far pulled out 20 bodies.
The bus was carrying daily commuters.
India has the world’s deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

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