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16 dead in India bus gorge plunge

A passenger bus has veered off a road in south-eastern India and fell into a gorge, killing at least 16 people - many of them college students, police said.

More than 50 other people were injured in the accident, which took place near the town of Penukonda in Andhra Pradesh state, said Police Inspector GR Yadav.

The state-run public transport bus was carrying 68 people when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which then plunged into the gorge, he said.

Police and rescue workers climbed into the 12m-deep gorge and used ropes to pull out the mangled bus.

At least nine college students were among those killed in the accident, said Police Superintendent SV Rajasekhar Babu. Their bags and books lay scattered at the accident site.

Police said the road was under repair and part of it was dug up, which may have forced the driver to move to the edge. The driver died in the accident.

Penukonda is a small town located about 2,000km south of New Delhi.

India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.


From Belfast Telegraph