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Bus crash kills 25 in Kashmir

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  • Bad roads, rash driving and overloading contribute to rise in road accidents
  • Bus was on its way from Katra to Udhampur and crashed near Panthal
  • Driver lost control of the vehicle, a government officer says
From Mukhtar Ahmad
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SRINAGAR, Indian-administered Kashmir (CNN) -- A massive rescue effort was underway Wednesday after a bus crashed in Indian-administered Kashmir, killing 25 people and wounding 43 others.

The bus carrying 68 passengers rolled down into a gorge Wednesday morning in Reasi district after the driver lost control of the vehicle, a senior state government officer said.

"So far we have recovered 25 bodies and rescued 43 injured persons, of whom two are critical. We have evacuated the injured to hospital," Sanjeev Verma, district magistrate of Reasi told CNN.

The bus was on its was from the Hindu holy town of Katra to Udhampur town, when it crashed near Panthal, over 200 km ( 124 miles) south of the capital Srinagar.

The district adjoins the mountainous Doda district where the bodies of 19 victims of a bus accident on June 7 are yet to be recovered from the roaring Chenab River.

Road accidents are registering an upward trend in the state because of bad roads, rash driving and overloading.

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