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38 die in India river bus plunge

Published 08/05/2013 | 19:16

Rescuers look at a bus that plunged into the Beas River near Kullu, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. More than 30 people were killed when an overloaded bus plunged into the river on the Kullu-Mandi national highway Wednesday, according to a news agency. It is feared that some bodies were swept away in the river, the news report said. (AP Photo)
Rescuers look at a bus that plunged into the Beas River near Kullu, India (AP)
Rescuers look for survivors after a bus plunged into the Beas River near Kullu, India (AP)

A crowded bus plunged into a river and killed at least 38 people in a mountainous region in northern India.

An official said 23 injured people, two in serious condition, have been rescued and taken to hospital.

The accident occurred near Kullu, a hill resort in Himachal Pradesh state, 340 miles north of New Delhi.

Rescuers found 38 bodies. Three people were feared to have been swept away by the water's strong current.

The accident's cause was not immediately known. The bus fell nearly 150 feet deep into the Beas River.

India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually.

Press Association

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