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20 Apr 2017

Bus Carrying Many People Falls Off a Mountain Road into a River...The Number of Dead Passengers is Alarming (Photo)

A bus carrying several passengers has skidded off a mountain road into a river below causing the death of many people.

As many as 44 people have been confirmed dead after a bus plunged off a cliff in northern India's mountainous Himachal Pradesh.

According to Daily Star UK, the coach was carrying more than 50 passengers when it fell into the Tons river near Chopal.

Police said the bus was heading to Vikasnagar when the accident occurred.

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced there will be compensation to the families of the victims.

According to reports a 13-year-old child and the conductor of the bus jumped seconds before the vehicle plunged into the river.

Rohan Chand Thakur, district commissioner of Shimla, said: “A preliminary report shows that a private bus fell into a gorge and has killed more than 40 people. The latest report given to me shows 44 people have been killed."

He added that rescue efforts were under way at the scene.

India has some of the world’s deadliest roads and there are more than 150,000 fatalities every year.

In February, 16 people were killed and more than 50 injured when a truck carrying churchgoers overturned in a hilly region of north-east India.

Survivors said the driver was lost control of his vehicle in the rugged terrain after reckless driving.

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