Sixteen killed in bus accident in northern India
New Delhi (dpa) - At least 16 people were killed and 29 injured when the bus they were travelling in left the road and plunged into a river in India's northern mountainous state of Uttarakhand on Wednesday, reported dpa.
The bus was carrying 45 passengers at the time of the accident in the Uttarakashi district some 120 kilometres north-east of state capital Dehradun, police official Hukam Singh Khati told the PTI news agency.
The bus driver lost control of the vehicle when one of its front tyres burst, Khati said.
The victims included seven Hindu pilgrims who were visiting shrines in the region.
The injured were admitted to the district hospital where the condition of three passengers was stated to be serious, police said.
More than 95,000 people are killed in road crashes, often involving buses on mountainous states, in India annually, among the highest total in the world.