Thirteen Dead in India After Bus Carrying Musicians Falls Into Gorge


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a fund for the victims’ families. It is the latest traffic accident in a country where more than 110,000 people are killed on roads every year.

Thirteen people have been killed and 29 others injured after a bus carrying dozens of members of a music troupe fell into a gorge in western India. 

The group were on their way to Mumbai after a performance in the city of Pune, police officer Atul Zende said.

The bus, which was carrying 42 passengers, was on a motorway near Khopoli in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, around 43 miles from Mumbai, when the accident happened.

Most of those killed belonged to the troupe from Mumbai, Mr Zende said.

The exact cause of Saturday’s crash was not immediately known.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a fund for the victims’ families.

More than 110,000 people are killed every year in road accidents across India.

Deadly accidents are common in the country due to ageing vehicles, poorly maintained roads and reckless driving.

Source: Sky News