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21 dead in India as bus falls into river

21 dead in India as bus falls into river

An overcrowded bus plunged into a river in the Indian part of Kashmir on Monday, killing at least 21 people and injuring seven, police said.
The accident happened near Bhanderkot, a mountainous region about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast from Jammu, one of the main cities in Jammu-Kashmir state, said senior police official Haseeb Mughal.
The driver lost control of the vehicle on a sharp curve and the bus plunged about 800 feet (244 meters) into the fast-moving Chenab river, he said.
It was not immediately clear how many people were on the bus, which had a seating capacity of 32.
Mughal said rescue operations were ongoing at the site of the accident.
Deadly road accidents are common in India _ often caused by aging vehicles, overloading and reckless driving on poorly maintained roads.


Updated : 2021-08-01 03:41 GMT+08:00