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12 die after bus falls into Indian river

2011-09-04 16:06

Lucknow - An official says a bus has fallen into a river swollen by monsoon rains in northern India and 12 passengers have died.

Government spokesperson Amit Chandola said 29 people were rescued from the Tons river and hospitalised with injuries near Dehradun, the capital of Uttrakhand state.

He said the accident occurred on Sunday when the driver lost control of the vehicle on a sharp curve.

The mountainous area is about 80km southwest of the state capital.

Police figures show India has the world's highest road death toll, with more than 110 000 people dying in accidents often caused by speeding, overcrowding and poorly maintained vehicles and roads each year.