44 dead after bus plunges into gorge in India

The bus with 56 passengers on board plunged into a river in northern Himachal Pradesh.

India has the world's deadliest roads, with nearly 150,000 people killed in accidents in 2015, the latest government data shows.

He said that a magisterial inquiry into the accident has been ordered.

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The bus was traveling from Vikas Nagar to Tuni, in nearby Uttarakhand state. "It's not possible now to say the details", Thakur said. Ten women and three children were among the fatalities. The bus apparently was a private bus that was plying passengers. The conductor of the bus has been arrested. "After inspecting the leaf spring, they continued with the journey", he told police.

He is constantly monitoring rescue and relief efforts underway at the scene of the mishap by talking to officials.

The unidentified bodies have been kept at the government hospital in Nerwa. Some of the bodies were washed away, he added.

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"Our officials, workers and medical teams have rushed to the spot for the rescue work".

A majority of the passengers belonged to Chopal tehsil of Himachal Pradesh.

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced Rs 1 lakh compensation to the family members of the accident victims.

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