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20 feared dead in Kashmir bus plunge

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  • At least 20 people feared dead after a bus plunged into a river in Kashmir
  • Bus believed to have been carrying 24 people
  • Bus plunges 76 meters after driver lost control
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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir (CNN) -- At least 20 people are feared dead after a bus plunged into a river Sunday in Indian-administered Kashmir's hilly Doda district.

Four people, including a 13-year-old girl and her mother, suffered minor injuries when they were thrown out of the bus, said Sharief-ud-Din, the district magistrate.

The driver lost control, sending the bus plummeting more than 76 meters (250 feet) into the fast-flowing Chenab River, the district magistrate said.

"The water current at the spot where the bus fell down into the river is swift and the water level is also very high," Sharief-ud-Din said. "We have not been able to locate the wreckage of the ill-fated bus so far."

The bus, which was headed to Thatri village in the district, had 24 passengers when it left Premnagar, the official said.

"There is no trace of bodies yet. We have kept the divers ready to locate the bodies," the district magistrate said.

More than 60 people have died this year in two previous accidents on the highway, which moves along the Chenab River on a hilly terrain.

A stretch of highway about one kilometer long (0.62 miles) had been washed away three months ago, sparking concerns from state and federal officials.

Road accidents in the hilly Doda and Kishtwar districts have become frequent because of bad roads, overloading and reckless driving.

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