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27 killed in 2 road mishaps in northeast Indian state Assam

Other News Materials 31 May 2011 10:11 (UTC +04:00)
At least 27 people were killed and dozens of others sustained injuries in two separate road mishaps in the northeastern Indian state of Assam early Tuesday, said police.

At least 27 people were killed and dozens of others sustained injuries in two separate road mishaps in the northeastern Indian state of Assam early Tuesday, said police, Xinhua reported.

The first mishap happened when a bus carrying 40 people of a wedding party fell into a 40-feet deep gorge in Hajo in the state' s Kamrup district, killing at least 27 people. Efforts are on to rescue passengers trapped inside the bus.

The bus was on its way from Guwahati to Tihu. Local people of the area are helping in rescue work.

In the second incident, at least 20 people have suffered serious burn injuries after an oil tanker collided with the bus in which they were traveling in Bokakhat near Kaziranga National Park.

After the collision, the oil tanker burst into flames, injuring the bus passengers.

Road accident rate in India is among the highest in the world, with at least 100,000 killed each year on the road.

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