Eighteen die as bus plunges into gorge in India

The wreckage of a passenger bus.—AP Photo
The wreckage of a passenger bus.—AP Photo

GAUHATI: A government official in India says 18 people are dead after a bus fell into a deep gorge after being hit by hurtling boulders during a landslide in the mountainous northeast. Another 17 people are injured.

Arunachal Pradesh state Transport Minister Zoram Sangliana says the bus plunged about 45 meters into the gorge early Saturday near Keifang, a village 100 kilometres east of Aizawl, the state capital. Monsoon rains triggered the landslide in the region.

The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital, Sangliana told The Associated Press.

India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed every year. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

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Comments (3) Closed

Jul 21, 2012 02:51pm
Report say AP minister not the location, read carefully!
Jul 21, 2012 07:52am
Aizawl is NOT the capital of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Itanagar is the capital of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Aizawl is the capital of the state of Mizoram.
Jul 21, 2012 09:41am
This happened in state of Mizoram and not Arunachal Pradesh. Dawn's editors should check basic facts before publishing reports.