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Many killed in Kashmir bus crash
At least 50 people have been killed in a bus accident in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials say.

The overcrowded bus fell into a deep gorge after the driver lost control, a senior police official, JB Singh, told the BBC.

The bus was travelling from Darhal to Rajouri and was carrying 70 passengers against a capacity of 40, he said.

Police, army troops and local residents are helping in the rescue operation - 50 bodies have been pulled out so far.

But there are fears the death toll could rise as the condition of some of the injured is said to be serious.

Rash driving

Road accidents are common and claim thousands of lives every year in India.

In September, more than 40 people died when a passenger bus veered out of control and plunged down a mountain road in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Most of the accidents are blamed on reckless driving, old vehicles and poorly maintained roads.

Most passenger buses are also old and in poor condition.

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