Indian government official stated that at least 44 people were killed and 35 injured when a bus plunged off a road in India’s hilly northern state of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday.
“Around 78 to 80 people were on board the bus,” noted Akshay Sood, a senior civil servant in Kullu district, where the accident took place.
All passengers on the bus had now been saved and accounted for, and the injured people were being ordered medication, Sood statd, adding that the death toll could still rise.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi uttered dismay over the accident.
“Deeply saddened by the bus accident in Kullu. Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. I hope the injured recover soon,” Modi’s office posted in a tweet.
Indian roads are among the world’s deadliest, with nearly 148,000 people killed in more than 460,000 accidents in 2017, according to government data.