Sightseeing bus crashes in north India, 22 dead

January 6, 2011 09:12


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An Uttarakhand state official says 22 people died when their sightseeing bus overturned and crashed in a gorge in northern India.

The private bus had been one of eight returning to Haridwar city when it crashed late Wednesday near the Mussoorie hill station at the foot of the Himalayas.

Government spokesman Mahendra Singh Tamta says 13 children were among those killed, while 12 passengers were being treated for injuries.

He said Thursday that a witness said several of the 52 passengers had asked the driver to slow down.

The Indian tourists had just visited Mussoorie, known as Queen of the Hills, which sits at an altitude of 6,170 feet (1,880 meters) about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the state capital, Dehradun.

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