10 killed, 40 injured after bus falls into gorge in N. India | GlobalPost
SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, May 26 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were killed and 40 others injured Monday after a passenger bus they were traveling in skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in India, officials said.
The accident took place in the evening in north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. According to India's official broadcaster - All India Radio (AIR), the Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus fell into a 150-foot gorge at Balghar near Theog, about 35 km from Shimla, the capital city.
"The bus was on its way from Theog to Neri in Hamirpur and met with the accident within a few minutes after it left the Theog bus station," AIR said.
The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained and police officials said they have registered a case and started investigation.
A senior police official in Shimla, Abhishek Dullar told media of the dead eight were women and two children.
"10 people died on the spot and their bodies have been handed over to their relatives after on the spot post-mortem, while the injured have been rushed to the Indira Gandhi Medical College ( IGMC)," he said.
Deadly road accidents are common in India often caused due to overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving.