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43 Indians Die As Bus Carrying Pilgrims Plunges Into Valley

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    Not less than Forty-three people have died in southern India when a bus taking pilgrims from a temple plunged into a valley on Tuesday, an official said, in the latest horrific crash on the country’s roads.

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    “We have pulled out the bodies and we are taking them to the hospital for autopsy,” B. Rajesham, a senior administrative official, told AFP.

    Passengers who survived the accident in Jagtial district of Telangana state were being treated for injuries. An investigation has been ordered.

    Television footage showed local residents carrying the injured up a hill after pulling them out from the mangled bus.

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    NDTV quoted witnesses as saying the driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle.

    The bus was returning from the famous Hindu temple of Kondagattu Anjaneya Swamy when it skidded off the road, the Press Trust of India reported.

    Accidents on India’s notorious roads claim the lives of more than 150,000 people each year, and most accidents are blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.