Bus crash kills 28 in northern India: police

India has some of the world's highest traffic fatalities with more than 150,000 deaths annually


Afp July 20, 2017
The wreckage of a bus lies in a gorge following an accident near the Indian town of Rampur on July 20, 2017. At least 28 people were killed July 20 after a bus plunged into a deep gorge in a Himalayan region of northern India popular with tourists, police said. The accident occurred around 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the hill resort of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state, said police superintendent Soumiya Sambasiva PHOTO: AFP

SHIMLA, INDIA: At least 28 people were killed Thursday after a bus plunged into a deep gorge in a Himalayan region of northern India popular with tourists, police said.

The accident occurred around 100 kilometres [62 miles] from the hill resort of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state, said police superintendent Soumiya Sambasivan. "28 people have died and seven are injured. All the bodies have been identified," she said.

Bus crash kills 44 in northern India

The bus was taking around 40 people from Kinnaur district towards Solan when it rolled roughly 200 metres down a gorge to the banks of a river river. Images from the scene showed emergency workers conducting a rescue operation with the help of local volunteers.

Last week, 16 pilgrims died in a bus crash in neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir state, while in April 44 people were killed in Himachal Pradesh in a similar accident. India has some of the world's highest traffic fatalities with more than 150,000 deaths annually due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

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Bryan | 4 years ago | Reply It is because road and drawing room are the same for most. It is because we are all casual afterall its a road Why should I repair vehicle, change tyres, maintain- if it ain't broke don't repair. Even death cannot pull out Indian drivers out of their casual mentality. I found the same in Bangladesh, Nepal too. Sri Lanka was a bit better. In Nigeria too its dangerous. We dont even talk of road and railway deaths inspite of the fact that it kills close to 300,000 people in India every year. There is no war, no nothing. I had volunteered for an NGO once for road safety- most did not know what High beam and Low beam was, most don't service their vehicles for 2 -3 years. Most dont think rear lights and indicators are necessary. Most taxis dont think side view mirror is required infact they take it off so that they can squeeze in through traffic. Most two wheelers think traffic lights are not applicable to two wheelers. The most outrageous one was- Yellow signal means speed up before it turns Red.
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