The bus fell 15 feet into the water and then sank with the wedding party trapped inside late Monday near the village of Hajo, about 25 miles west of the Assam state capital of Gauhati. Villagers were first to arrive and rescued 10 people, who were then sent to the hospital; 28 bodies were also retrieved. The dead included the groom, his father, two sisters, aunt and uncle, and his best man. The bride was not aboard the bus.
According to the World Health Organization, India has the highest annual road death toll in the world. More than 110,000 people die annually nationwide in road accidents, according to police figures. Bad roads, speeding and poor vehicle maintenance cause the majority of accidents.
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Posted June 21st 2011 to Bus accidents
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