Indian bus plunges into valley, 43 dead

Witnesses say the driver had been speeding.

Indian rescue workers and volunteers try to free people trapped under the wreckage of a collapsed fly-over bridge in Kolkata on March 31, 2016. Accidents on India's notorious roads claim the lives of more than 150,000 people each year. PHOTO | AFP 

IN SUMMARY

  • The bus was returning from the famous Hindu temple of Kondagattu Anjaneya Swamy when it skidded off the road.

  • Accidents on India's notorious roads claim the lives of more than 150,000 people each year.

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NEW DELHI,

Forty three people died in southern India on Tuesday when a bus taking pilgrims from a temple plunged into a valley, an official said, in the latest horrific crash on the country's roads.

"We have pulled out the bodies and we are taking them to the hospital for autopsy," B. Rajesham, a senior administrative official, told AFP.

SPEEDING

Passengers who survived the accident in Jagtial district of Telangana state were being treated for injuries. An investigation has been ordered.

The bus was returning from the famous Hindu temple of Kondagattu Anjaneya Swamy when it skidded off the road, the Press Trust of India reported.

Television footage showed local residents carrying the injured up a hill after pulling them out from the mangled bus.

NDTV quoted witnesses as saying the driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle.

THOUSANDS EACH YEAR

Accidents on India's notorious roads claim the lives of more than 150,000 people each year.

Most accidents are blamed on poor roads, badly-maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

On July 28, a bus carrying university workers plunged off a mountain road into a valley in western India, killing 33 people.

That vehicle was taking staff from the Dapoli Agriculture University to a popular hill station in the state of Maharashtra for a picnic.

The same month, 48 people were killed and many others badly injured in the north of the country when an overcrowded bus hurtled into a gorge in the Himalayan foothills.

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