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Dozens dead in India bus crash
At least 25 kiled in north-eastern region after bus carrying marriage party falls into pond.
Last Modified: 31 May 2011 04:28

Road accidents are common in India, where roads are often of poor quality

At least 25 people have been killed in India's remote north-eastern region, after a bus carrying more than 40 people returning from a marriage party skidded off a wooden bridge and fell into a pond, police have said.

The accident took place near Hajo in Charabari village on Monday night, around 35km west of Guwahati, the capital of Assam and the region's main city.

Local villagers attempted to save those trapped inside the bus as it began to sink, before police and a disaster response team reached the scene.

Six people were pulled alive from the bus and taken to a local hospital.

By Tuesday morning, police divers had arrived at the accident site to continue the search, said Swapnanil Deka, a senior police official.

Road accidents are common in India, where roads are often of poor quality.

Reckless driving and untrained drivers cause around 5,000 accidents a year in Assam alone, transport
department officials say.

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