18 die as bus plunges into gorge in India-A A +A
Saturday, July 21, 2012
GAUHATI, India -- A government official in India said 18 people died after a bus fell into a deep gorge after being hit by hurtling boulders during a landslide in the mountainous northeast. Another 17 people were injured.
Arunachal Pradesh state Transport Minister Zoram Sangliana said the bus plunged about 45 meters (150 feet) into the gorge early Saturday near Keifang, a village 100 kilometers (60 miles) 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. (AP)