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At least 25 dead after bus carrying wedding party crashes into gorge

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At least 25 dead after bus carrying wedding party crashes into gorge
At least 25 dead after bus carrying wedding party crashes into gorge
At least 25 dead after bus carrying wedding party crashes into gorge
At least 25 dead after bus carrying wedding party crashes into gorge
At least 25 dead after bus carrying wedding party crashes into gorge
At least 25 dead after bus carrying wedding party crashes into gorge

Around 20 more were injured in the incident in northern India (Picture: AP/EPA)
Around 20 more were injured in the incident in northern India (Picture: AP/EPA)

At least 25 people are dead and another 20 injured after a bus plunged into a gorge in India last night.

Around 45 to 50 people, all from a wedding party, are believed to have been on board the vehicle when the vehicle plummeted down the cliff edge in northern Uttarakhand state.

Police told the Press Trust of India that the wedding group crashed into the ravine in Pauri district.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.

Police chief Ashok Kumar tweeted that state police and the disaster response force worked alongside locals to rescue 21 people at the site of the crash.

Pictures showed rescuers using climbing equipment to scale the ravine in the darkness.

Officials could be seen removing dead bodies from the scene today and rescuing people last night.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said all possible assistance will be given to those affected and that rescue operations are still underway.

In this grab made from video provided by KK Productions, rescuers untie the body of passenger after it was pulled out from a bus that fell into a gorge in Pauri district in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. A bus in northern India plunged into a gorge, leaving at least 25 dead and 20 others injured, officials said. (KK Productions via AP)
Rescuers were removing bodies from the scene today (Picture: AP)
In this grab made from video provided by KK Productions, rescuers pull out a passenger from a bus that fell into a gorge in Pauri district in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. A bus in northern India plunged into a gorge, leaving at least 25 dead and 20 others injured, officials said. (KK Productions via AP)
Rescuers pull out a passenger from a bus last night (Picture: AP)
In this grab made from video provided by KK Productions, rescuers pull a body of passenger from a bus that fell into a gorge in Pauri district in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. A bus in northern India plunged into a gorge, leaving at least 25 dead and 20 others injured, officials said. (KK Productions via AP)
The incident happened in a gorge in Pauri district (Picture: AP)

‘In this tragic hour my thoughts are with the bereaved families’ he tweeted today.

‘I hope those who have been injured recover at the earliest.’

Road safety in India is particularly poor, with more than 110,000 people killed every year in accidents, according to police.

Badly maintained roads, ageing vehicles and reckless driving are blamed for the problems.

epa10224127 A handout photo made available on 05 October 2022 by India's State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) shows SDRF personnel during a rescue operation after a bus plunged into a gorge in Dhumakot, Pauri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand state, India, 04 October 2022 (issued 05 October 2022). At least 25 people were killed when the bus they were traveling in plunged into a ravine in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand late 04 October. EPA/SDRF HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Rescuers worked through the night in an effort to save people (Picture: EPA)
epa10224126 A handout photo made available on 05 October 2022 by India's State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) shows SDRF personnel during a rescue operation after a bus plunged into a gorge in Dhumakot, Pauri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand state, India, 04 October 2022 (issued 05 October 2022). At least 25 people were killed when the bus they were traveling in plunged into a ravine in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand late 04 October. EPA/SDRF HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
They used climbing equipment to get to the wounded (Picture: EPA)

There have been a series of other grim accidents in India this year off the roads.

In April, a cable car crashed left two dead and dozens of others stranded for days.

Then, in July, flash flooding devastated a Hindu pilgramage and killed 42 with a mudslide.

Weeks later, lightning strikes killed at least 20 in a day.

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