Six­teen In­dian pil­grims killed as bus falls into gorge

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

SRI­NA­GAR, In­dia — A bus plunged into a 45-me­tre-deep gorge in the In­dian por­tion of Kash­mir on Sun­day, killing at least 16 Hindu pil­grims and in­jur­ing more than two dozen as they trav­elled to a cave shrine in the Hi­malayas, po­lice said. Po­lice of­fi­cer S.P. Vaid said the bus swerved off a moun­tain road, but the cause of the ac­ci­dent was not im­me­di­ately clear.

A po­lice state­ment said 27 in­jured, 19 in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, were taken to hos­pi­tals in Bani­hal, a town 120 kilo­me­tres south of Sri­na­gar, the main city in In­dian-held Kash­mir. Po­lice said it had rained in the area, mak­ing the road slip­pery. Some land­slides caused a heavy traf­fic jam on the main high­way link­ing Sri­na­gar with the rest of In­dia.

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