13 Hindu pilgrims die in bus crash

2015-04-11 11:32

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Kolkata - A bus overcrowded with Hindu pilgrims, has skidded into a ditch in eastern India, killing 13 passengers including two children and leaving 43 injured.

Police on Saturday were searching for the driver and his assistant who fled the scene about 100km north of West Bengal's state capital of Kolkata.

Police spokesperson Kunal Agarwal says initial reports suggest the driver was drunk and travelling at high speed when he tried to take a steep turn and crashed.

Police say the 54-seater bus was so full that some passengers were sitting on the roof. They were travelling from Burdwan to a Hindu temple in Mayapur, where they planned to offer prayers to the Hindu god Krisha and swim in the Ganges River.

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