13 killed as bus falls down in gorge in Indian Kashmir

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Thirteen people were killed Saturday when a passenger bus fell 70 meters down a gorge in southern Indian-administered Kashmir, police said.

The accident occurred as the bus carrying 26 passengers was negotiating a sharp turn on a narrow road in the mountains of Poonch, some 200 kilometers south of Srinagar, senior superintendent of police Rajiv Pandey said.

“Thirteen died in the accident and the rest were injured,” Pandey told AFP, adding three critically injured passengers were evacuated by air to a hospital in the city of Jammu.

Careless driving and bad, narrow and winding roads in the mountainous territory cause frequent accidents with passenger vehicles often slipping into deep gorges.

In India, an average of 150,000 people die in road accidents each year.

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