May 10, 2014 8:29 am

Bus falls from mountain road in northern India, killing 17 people

Supporters of India election frontrunner Narendra Modi sit on top of a bus as they wait to go home after attending a political rally by Modi in Mirzapur on May 9, 2014. Modi, a hardline Hindu nationalist, is widely expected to lead his party to victory in the general election and win the contest in Varanasi when results are announced on Friday, May 16. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT

NEW DELHI – A private bus has plunged off a mountain road in northern India, killing 17 people and injuring five others.

Police say the bus was travelling overnight in the Himalayan foothill state of Uttarakhand when it fell 300 metres (1,000 feet) and smashed into pieces at the bottom of a gorge in Chamoli district. The bus was travelling from Rishikesh, and was about a half-kilometre (quarter-mile) from its destination in Ghat.

Disaster management official Nand Kishore told Press Trust of India that 15 passengers were killed instantly in the accident before dawn Saturday. Two others died later from their injuries.

Five other injured people were being treated at an area hospital. There was no one else on board.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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