39 killed as bus falls into deep gorge in northern India

NEW DELHI — A bus fell into a deep gorge along a sharp curve on a mountainous road in northern India, killing 39 people, police said Friday.

Twenty-one people with injuries were hospitalized in Kullu, a town in Himachal Pradesh state, police officer Amar Singh said.

Singh said 25 people died at the scene of the crash Thursday and another 14 people succumbed to injuries overnight in the hospital.

The cause of the accident was being investigated, Shalini Agnihotri, another state police officer, said.

The bus plunged down a 500-meter (1,600-foot) gorge, she said.

Around 150,000 people die every year on India's roads, often because of crowded vehicles, bad road and vehicle conditions or reckless driving.

Last September, 55 people died when a bus carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of south India plunged off a road.

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