At least 52 people have died after a crowded bus plunged more than 100m into a deep gorge in northern India, police said.
The driver lost control of the vehicle which was carrying passengers on its roof at a sharp bend on a mountain road in the state of Himachal Pradesh, 385 miles north of New Delhi, said police officer Raj Kumar. The bus then fell into a gorge.
Forty-six other people injured in the accident were taken to hospital, three of whom were in a critical condition.
The bus had seats for 60 people and was so overcrowded that some people were riding on its roof. Kumar said the rescue operation was continuing and that the death toll of 52 could rise.
Police figures show India has the world’s highest road-death toll, with more than 110,000 people dying each year in accidents commonly caused by overcrowding, speeding, and poor vehicle and road maintenance.R Soft Web Hosting