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Bus plunges off bridge in India, kills 26

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN
  • Bus plunges off bridge in Rajasthan state
  • Most passengers aged 20 to 25 years old
  • Police: Injured taken to hospital
  • Bus fell after hitting vehicle parked on bridge

New Delhi, India (CNN) -- A bus plummeted 70 feet into a dry riverbed in northwestern India on Monday, killing at least 26 passengers and injuring 34 others, police said.

The wreck occurred before dawn in the Swai Madhopur district of Rajasthan state when the bus hit a vehicle parked on a bridge and smashed through the span's railing, police superintendent Vikas Kumar said.

Most of the passengers were students, ages 20 to 25, he said.

The injured passengers have been hospitalized, Kumar said.