41 Hindu pilgrims killed as bus falls into river in north India

October 11, 2007 16:21


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Some 41 Hindu pilgrims were killed in a remote part of north India Thursday when the bus carrying them fell into a river, an official said. The accident took place at Vishnuprayag, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state, when the driver of the bus, which was carrying 45 passengers, lost control after hitting a boulder, government spokesman Amit Chandola said. The bus fell into the swirling waters of the Alaknanda, a tributary of the Ganges river, he said, adding that most passengers died on the spot and rescue workers had retrieved 41 bodies.

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