Overcrowded bus plunges into gorge in India, killing 48

LUCKNOW, India — At least 48 people were killed on Sunday when an overcrowded bus plunged off a mountain road into a gorge in northern India, officials said.

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand state Trivendra Rawat said the bus fell into a 213-meter- (700-foot-) deep gorge in the Himalayan foothills. He said about a dozen other people were injured and hospitalized.

Police official Manoj Kumar said rescuers recovered 48 bodies from the accident site.

"People were packed like sardines," said another police officer, Jagat Ram Joshi. He said at least seven of the injured were in critical condition.

Earlier, rescue and retrieval work was hampered by inclement weather, said senior police official Sanjay Gunjiyal.

Police said the 28-seat bus was carrying about 60 people.

It wasn't clear what caused the crash, but Gunjiyal said bad weather could have caused the bus to skid off the road.

"It is raining (in the area) since morning. Two days back there was a landslide in that area," he said, adding that residents were the first to reach the site and help the victims.

Gunjiya said the terrain was inhospitable and communications were poor.

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.

You may also like these

Politics, migration dominate visual art fair in...

Feb 5, 2017

It's no surprise that satirical portraits of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un are the...

India police arrest cheap mobile maker on fraud...

Feb 24, 2017

Police say they have arrested the director of an Indian company that said it was selling the...

Before "Lion," the story behind an unlikely...

Mar 1, 2017

Four years before the Oscar-nominated movie "Lion" was released, two AP reporters told the story of...

Debate rages in India on IVF for women over 50

May 25, 2017

Scores of women in India give birth at advanced ages with the help of a controversial doctor who...

When study abroad ends in death, US parents find...

Jul 7, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of American students study abroad each year, but there's little transparency...

Search
Broaden News

Sign up now!

Recent Discovery will take you to the captivating developments in science, technology, and the universe around us. We deliver to you the latest news, theories, and developments in the world of science.

Contact us: sales[at]recentdiscovery.com