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26 killed in Ganges bus plunge

Twenty-six people were killed when a bus full of Hindu pilgrims plunged into the River Ganges in northern India, police said.

Rescuers worked for more than four hours to pull the bodies from the river in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

Local Tehri district police official Janmejaya Khanduri said four other people are in a critical condition in hospital.

The private tour bus had been travelling west from Badrinath to the holy city of Rishikesh with 45 passengers from central Madhya Pradesh state.

Police said the driver lost control while trying to overtake a truck on the road.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna announced an investigation and said victims' families would receive 100,000 rupees (about £1,140) in compensation.

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