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40 killed in bus accident in Himachal Pradesh India

KULLU: A bus plunged into a gorge in the Himachal Pradesh state of India, wherein at least 44 people were killed.

The incident occurred in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, a mountainous northern state, where dozen other injured.

At least 60 people were on board when the packed bus went off the road due to over speeding. Some passengers had been on the vehicle’s roof.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was “deeply saddened”.

The bus rolled off the road at a sharp and steep bend, then fell into a deep ravine.

Officials initially said at least 25 people had been killed. They then revised the figure, saying 19 more had died of their injuries.

Kullu police chief Shalini Agnihotri said that many of the victims were women and children returning from work and school.

Road accidents are a frequent occurrence in India, and rugged Himachal Pradesh state recorded more than 30,000 between 2009 and 2018.