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13 killed after bus plunges into deep gorge in India

Published 17/06/2014 | 08:34

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Commuters travel through a mirage on a hot summer day in front of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi June 7, 2014. Temperature in New Delhi on Saturday reached 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), according to information posted on India's metrological department website. REUTERS/Vijay Mathur (INDIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
110,000 people die on India's roads annually

Thirteen people were killed and dozens of others injured when a bus crashed into a mountain gorge in northern India.

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Police officer Sandeep Negi said the vehicle left the road on a bend and plunged into the deep gorge as it was returning from the Himalayan foothills to the town of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh state after visiting the lake resort town of Renuka ji in Himachal Pradesh.

Mr Negi said 13 of the 61 Indian tourists on board were killed, while another 43 were injured, some of them critically.

Rescuers used a crane to lift the bus from the gorge.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

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

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