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Bus falls into deep gorge in India, killing 16

NEW DELHI (AP) – A passenger bus slid off a mountain road and fell into a deep gorge in northern India yesterday, killing 16 people, including schoolchildren, a government official said.

Rescue workers pulled out the badly injured from the wreckage of the vehicle and sent them to a hospital, a senior administrator for the district of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh state Ashutosh Garg, told news agency Press Trust of India. Another official, Prashant Sirkek Singh, said about 20 passengers were travelling in the bus.

Photos shared on social media showed responders trying to rescue survivors from the mangled hulk of the yellow bus. The exact cause of the crash was not immediately known.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sorrow over the accident. Deadly road accidents are common in India due to reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and ageing vehicles.

More than 110,000 people are killed every year in road accidents across India, according to police.

The wreckage of a passenger bus that slid off a mountain road and fell into a deep gorge near Kullu, Himachal Pradesh state, India. PHOTO: AP