23 people killed in bus crash in Indian-held Kashmir

Crowded bus veered off road into gorge, killing at least 23 people and injuring dozens

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 23 people died after a crowded passenger bus veered into a gorge in Indian-held Kashmir on Monday.

Officials said the bus had more than 42 people on board and 16 passengers were wounded.

“There might still be some more bodies trapped under the debris. It is a major accident and out of the 16 injured, we have airlifted the five critically wounded to the Government Medical College hospital in Jammu,” Deputy Commissioner of Udhampur district Yasha Mudgal, told Anadolu Agency.

Bus crashes often are caused by poorly maintained vehicles, overloading and bad driving.

According to the World Health Organization more than 200,000 people die in India in road accidents annually.

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