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Bus Accident Kills 27 in India

October 25, 1999

AMRITSAR, India (AP) _ A bus swerved to avoid hitting a cow and skidded off a mountain road and into a deep gorge Monday, killing 27 pilgrims and injuring 47 on the way home from a temple in northern India, police said.

The accident took place in Chahal village in Punjab state’s Hoshiarpur district, 70 miles northeast of Amritsar.

Police in Hoshiarpur said the driver lost control of the bus when he tried to avoid hitting a cow which was crossing the road. The bus hurtled down the mountainside and got entangled in trees about 80 feet below, but the victims crashed through the broken windshield and fell 600 feet into the gorge.

The bus was carrying pilgrims returning from the Hindu shrines of Chintpurni and Dera Varbagh Singh in the neighboring Himachal Pradesh state. Most of the victims were from Hoshiarpur, and the Punjabi towns of Phagwara, Ludhiana and Sangrur.

Police said some of the injured people were in very serious condition.

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