16 die as bus falls into gorge:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A bus fell off a road into a deep gorge in the Indian-con­trolled por­tion of Kash­mir on Fri­day, killing 16 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 16 oth­ers.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred when the driver lost con­trol of the speed­ing bus on a sharp bend in the Hi­malayan road, po­lice of­fi­cer Ra­jin­der Gupta said.

Gupta said the in­jured have been re­cov­ered from the 3,280-foot (1,000-me­ter) -deep gorge, in­clud­ing 11 se­ri­ously hurt peo­ple who were taken by he­li­copter to a hos­pi­tal.

The area is 217 kilo­me­ters (135 miles) south­east of Sri­na­gar, the main city in the re­gion.

Po­lice fig­ures show In­dia has the world’s dead­li­est roads, with more than 110,000 peo­ple killed each year. Driver fa­tigue and neg­li­gence, low-qual­ity roads and poor ve­hi­cle main­te­nance are fre­quent causes of ac­ci­dents. (AP)

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