21 killed as bus plungers off bridge in India

AP News
Posted: Sep 09, 2016 3:03 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say a bus has crashed off a bridge in eastern India, killing at least 21 people and injuring another 30.

Police officer Rajendra Das says the driver lost control of the vehicle Friday as he was talking on his mobile phone.

The bus plunged nearly 50 feet (19 meters) into a ditch in Angul district in Orissa state. The area is 140 kilometers (about 90 miles) northwest of Bhubaneshwar, the state capital.

Driver fatigue, negligence, poor quality roads and vehicle maintenance are the usual causes of such accidents in India.