Sixteen Indian pilgrims killed as bus falls into gorge
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.