25 Killed When Wedding Party Bus Plunges Into Gorge

Children were reportedly among the dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2022 1:00 AM CDT
25 Killed When Bus Carrying Wedding Party Plunges Into Gorge in India
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.   (Sergei Bobylev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

A bus in northern India plunged into a gorge, leaving at least 25 dead and 20 others injured, officials said, reports the AP. Police told the Press Trust of India there were 45 to 50 people on board the bus, all of whom were part of a wedding party, when it fell Tuesday evening into a gorge in Pauri district in Uttarakhand state. State police and the disaster response force worked alongside locals to rescue 21 people Tuesday night at the site of the crash, police chief Ashok Kumar tweeted. Children were among those killed in the crash, according to the Hindustan Times.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said all possible assistance will be given to those affected and that rescue operations are still underway. “In this tragic hour my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those who have been injured recover at the earliest,” he tweeted Wednesday. The bus lost control and swerved before plunging into the gorge, according to the National. Deadly road accidents are common in India due to reckless driving, poorly maintained roads, and aging vehicles. More than 110,000 people are killed every year in road accidents across India, according to police.

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