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The remains of a bus carrying some 50 passengers are seen after it fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh on Friday. AFP
A bus fell into a deep gorge along a sharp curve on a mountainous road in northern India, killing 39 people, police said on Friday.
Twenty-one people with injuries were hospitalised in Kullu, a town in Himachal Pradesh state, police officer Amar Singh said.
Singh said 25 people died at the scene of the crash on Thursday and another 14 people succumbed to injuries overnight in the hospital.
Local residents help accident survivors cross a river after a bus fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh. AFP
The cause of the accident was being investigated, Shalini Agnihotri, another state police officer, said.
The bus plunged down a 500-metre (1,600-foot) gorge, she said.
Around 150,000 people die every year on India's roads, often because of crowded vehicles, bad road and vehicle conditions or reckless driving.
Last September, 55 people died when a bus carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of south India plunged off a road.
The model was the only victim whose body was not transferred to her home country India for cremation in view of her severe injuries.
At least 37 passengers were killed when a bus plunged into a canal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, police told AFP.
Emergency crews worked through the night to rescue survivors and retrieve bodies and used a crane to remove the red-and-white bus from the well, as hundreds thronging to the crash site after the accident late on Tuesday.
There are fears the number of dead could increase as several passengers received critical injuries, Senior Police Officer Yamuna Prasad said. They were being treated in a hospital.
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