A bus carrying a marriage party crashed and killed at least 25 people when it plunged down a steep gorge in India today.
A group of 45 to 50 people were celebrating a wedding as they rode the bus near Timari village in India’s Uttarakhand region.
The region’s chief minister said officials are overseeing a search and rescue operation.
It’s thought the death toll could rise further as some passengers were admitted to hospital in critical condition.
“State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have been mobilised and rushed to the accident spot”, said chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.
He added: “We are trying our best to rescue the people and take them to the hospital at the earliest. Local villagers are helping in the effort.”
Speaking with the Times of India, unidentified officials said rescuers are struggling with the difficult terrain around the site of the crash.
Just last month, another gorge crash saw at least 16 young children slain after their schoolbus plunged into a ravine.
Another 20 were left injured after the bus – which was reportedly packed way beyond capacity – launched off a hillside and tumbled 100ft down a ravine in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state.
The death toll rose over the course of the day after multiple victims were admitted to hospital in critical condition, police said.
The majority of the victims were students of a government school in the northern region.
Two young lads aged five and 14, two teen girls, and a woman were among those who tragically died at about 8.30am Wednesday.
The minibus veered off the road when the driver lost control of the wheel, reports claimed.
It’s also been claimed the bus was carrying far too many passengers when it rolled down the Himalayan ravine.