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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 September 2005, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
S Asia bus crashes leave 27 dead
A total of 27 people have been killed in two bus crashes, in north-west Pakistan and northern India.

Seventeen people died when an oil tanker and passenger bus collided on Saturday about 150km (90 miles) south of Peshawar in Pakistan.

Ten people died and 15 were hurt when a bus fell into a gorge at Rudraprayag, 150km (95 miles) south-east of Dehradun in Uttaranchal, India.

Buses in both countries are often in poor condition or are overcrowded.

Driver flees

The Pakistan accident was on the Indus Highway in Karak district.

In addition to the dead, two others were critically wounded and are receiving treatment in a nearby hospital.

The driver of the tanker fled the scene after the accident.

In Uttaranchal, surviving bus passengers said their driver may have been drunk.

The driver lost control of the vehicle in the Himalayan foothills, said police superintendent Pushkar Singh Sailal.

Nine of those who died were women.

Area sub-divisional magistrate Brij Mohan Yadav told the BBC an inquiry had been launched.

This is the sixth bus crash in the area in the past two months, in which nearly 60 people have been killed.



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