July 1, 2019 / 7:32 AM / 2 months ago

Bus falls into gorge in Kashmir, killing at least 33

ATTENTION - SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB. A woman, who was injured after a bus she was travelling in skidded off a road and fell into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir's Kisthwar district, is rushed to a hospital for a treatment in Jammu, India, July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - A bus packed with passengers fell into a gorge in Kashmir on Monday killing at least 33 people, a state official said, the second such accident in a week.

At least 22 people were injured when the bus skidded off a winding road in Kisthwar district, government official Angrez Singh Rana said.

Media reports said the bus was overloaded. Accidents are common in the mountainous region where many roads are in disrepair.

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Mailk said many of the drivers were untrained and he had ordered state officials to cancel their licences.

“Most of the accidents take place due to careless and untrained drivers who drive without any regard for rules and regulations,” a state government spokesman quoted the governor as saying.

Last week, 11 students were killed when their bus fell into a deep gorge at a picnic spot in Shopian district.

Reporting by Fayaz Bukhari, Editing by Sanjeev Miglani

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