33 Killed as Bus Plunges into Gorge in India

Thirty three people have been killed after a bus carrying university workers plunged off a mountain road into a valley in western India on Saturday.

Police said only one passenger survived the tragic accident in Raigad district of Maharashtra state.

According to a senior Raigad district administrator, Vijay Suryawanshi, the ill-fated bus was taking staff of Dapoli Agriculture University to the popular hill station of Mahabaleshwar for a picnic.

“We have confirmed 33 deaths and only one person managed to survive the bus crash. Our team is trying to recover the bodies,” Anupam Srivastava, commander of India’s National Disaster Relief Force said.

“The surviving passenger managed to alert officials about the deaths and the crash,” he added.

AFP reports that accidents on India’s notorious roads claim the lives of more than 150,000 people each year.

Earlier this month, 48 people were killed and many others badly injured in northern India when an overcrowded bus hurtled into a gorge in the Himalayan foothills.

According to the authorities, the slippery mountain terrain where the latest accident took place made the road a danger.

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