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2 Russian Pilgrims Dead, 8 Injured in India Bus Crash

By: for on June 11, 2014
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India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

Dehradun: A bus carrying Russian tourists plunged into a river in northern India on Tuesday, killing at least two and injuring eight, a local official said.

The bus was travelling to Gangotri, source of the Ganges, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand when it veered off the road and into the river below, police superintendent Jagat Ram Jyoti said.

"There were 14 Russian tourists in the bus," he said. "Two of them died at the spot, their bodies have been recovered."

Another Russian was missing and the driver's status was unknown, he added, with a search ongoing for the bus in the water.

Eight others had been taken to a hospital in the state capital Dehradun, while another three were unharmed, he said.

District magistrate Sridhar Babu Adanky blamed "bad road conditions" for the accident which occurred close to remote Harsil village, some 245 kilometres (152 miles) from Dehradun.

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According to ISKCON News sources in New Delhi, the victims are ISKCON devotees who were on a tour with several buses, one of which fell into the river. Updates will follow as details are revealed.

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