Bus crash in western India kills 27

04-Jan-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM Print This Post

At least 27 people died and 17 were injured in western India on Thursday when a local bus slid off a mountain road into a valley, police said.

“The driver lost control after a tempo (three-wheeled vehicle] rammed into the bus along a sharp turn, causing it to fall into a 250-foot (80-metre) valley,” local policeman Sangram Singh Nishandar told AFP.

The accident happened near a popular picnic spot in the Thane district of Maharashtra state, 160 kilometres (100 miles) northeast of Mumbai.

Around 140,000 people were killed in Indian road accidents in 2012 – which works out to 16 an hour – according to the government’s National Crime Records Bureau.

The mangled interior of a bus is pictured after it was pulled out of a canal at Fatehgarh Sahib Sirhind near Patiala, India on July 31, 2013. (AFP)

Bad roads, speeding vehicles and poor driving were among the contributing factors.

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