17 Killed as Bus Rolls off Bridge in India

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A bus carrying Hindu pilgrims in western India veered off a bridge and crashed onto the ground below today, killing at least 17 people and injuring 29 others.

A police official says the accident happened before dawn on Thursday in Maharashtra state, which is about 160 miles north-east of Mumbai, India's financial capital, reports the Associated Press. The cause was being investigated.

The pilgrims were returning home after visiting a popular shrine of a Hindu saint in Shirdi and Shanishignapur, reports The India Daily.

The World Health Organization says India has the highest annual road death toll in the world, according to the AP, with police figures showing more than 110,000 deaths occur annually on India's roads. Causes given are speeding, bad roads, overcrowding and poor vehicle maintenance.

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