44 die in bus crash in India

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2018

At least 47 people were killed on Sunday morning after a private bus fell into a gorge near Queen village in Uttarakhand's Pauri Garhwal district.

"Very sad to learn about the tragic bus accident in Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand".

The 28-seater bus was reportedly carrying about 60 people, none of whom have escaped unhurt.

All passengers were heading towards Ramnagar from Bhoan in a minibus that fell in the gorge and reason for the accident is yet not clarified.

The injured have been rushed to hospital. The police and a team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are engaged in rescue operations, reported NDTV.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat offered his condolences to the families of those killed.

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand state Trivendra Rawat said the bus fell into a gorge almost 650 feet deep in a small district near the Himalayan foothills.

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The bus crashed into a gorge in the Himalayas.

If needed, the injured will be flown to Dehradoon for further treatment, he said.

Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and ageing vehicles.

Rawat said about a dozen others are injured.

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

But India has some of the world's deadliest roads and lives are frequently lost in India's mountainous north, where narrow hairpin turns cut paths into the steep Himalayan foothills.

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