Bus plunges into gorge, killing 31 people in India

AP News
Posted: Aug 08, 2012 7:23 AM

GAUHATI, India (AP) — A crowded passenger bus veered off a mountain road and plunged into a gorge in India's remote northeast Wednesday, killing at least 31 people, police said.

State police chief N. Ramachandran said another 34 passengers were injured in the predawn accident in Tongseng village in Meghalaya state.

The bus was heading to Gauhati, the main city in neighboring Assam state, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it plunged into the gorge.

Seven people with critical injuries were moved to a big hospital in the nearby town of Silchar, police said.

Ramachandran said around 65 people were traveling in the 40-seater bus.

Police figures show India has the world's highest road death toll, with more than 110,000 people dying each year in accidents commonly caused by overcrowding, speeding, and poor vehicle and road maintenance.