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Bus crash in northern India leaves 33 dead

Posted on 8th May 2013 at 17:14pm

At least 33 people have been killed in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh after a bus skidded off the road into a fast-flowing river.

Fourteen others were hurt in the accident, which happened near Kullu, a summer resort 250km (155 miles) north of the state capital, Shimla.

The bus was partially submerged in the river, forcing rescuers to use boats.

Police said they had recovered 33 bodies, but feared that those of other victims might have been washed away.

Road accidents are common in India. In 2011, more than 130,000 people were killed on the country's roads - an average of 15 deaths every hour.

It is less than a month since a similar crash killed 12 people in Himachal Pradesh. An SUV carrying them fell into a gorge in Chamba district.

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