Kashmir minibus crash leaves 20 dead

At least 20 people are dead and 16 others are injured after an overcrowded minibus fell into a deep gorge along a mountainous road in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The 22-seat minibus was carrying at least 36 passengers when it plunged off a Himalayan mountain road near southern Ramban town, said local police officer Anita Sharma.

The vehicle fell into a deep gorge when the driver apparently lost control due to mechanical failure.

The injured were hospitalised, including 12 in critical condition.

In a separate road accident in the region on Saturday, a private truck carrying a group of Indian army soldiers skidded off a road in the southern Shopian area. At least 16 military commandos were injured, police said.

India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually.


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