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18 killed in Mizoram bus accident

IANS  Aizawl, July 21, 2012
First Published: 13:28 IST(21/7/2012) | Last Updated: 13:34 IST(21/7/2012)

At least 18 people were killed and 17 others injured when a bus carrying them fell into a gorge in Mizoram on early Saturday, an official said.

The accident occurred when the overloaded bus crashed into the debris of a landslide near Keifang village, about 80 km from Aizawl city, and then toppled off the road.

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"Seventeen people died on the spot and one injured person succumbed to injuries while being taken to a nearby hospital. All the injured people have been shifted to the Aizawl civil hospital for treatment. The condition of seven of them is critical," a Mizoram information department official told reporters.

The bodies of the victims have been recovered.

The ill-fated bus left Aizwal late Friday night for Champai in eastern Mizoram and fell into a 100 metre deep gorge in a narrow valley after ramming into the debris.

Chief minister Lal Thanhawla and other ministers visited the injured at the hospital.


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