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Bus falls into gorge in western India; 33 feared dead

July 28, 2018

Rescuers work at the site of an accident in Raigad district in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Saturday, July 28, 2018. More than 30 people were feared dead after a bus fell into a deep gorge Saturday, an official said. India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles. (AP Photo)

MUMBAI, India (AP) — More than 30 people were feared dead after a bus fell into a deep gorge in western India on Saturday, an official said.

The bus was carrying 34 employees of an agriculture university when it plunged off a mountain road while negotiating a curve in Raigad district of Maharashtra state, said civil administrator Vijay Suryawanshi. He said the bus fell into a deep, forested gorge.

One man survived as he jumped out of the bus and later scaled onto the road to inform university officials about the accident, Suryawanshi said.

He said the employees were on a private picnic.

Rescue teams had so far recovered nearly a dozen bodies amid intermittent rains in the area.

India has the world’s deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

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