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Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:43AM
People look at a bus that fell off a bridge in India’s northwestern state of Maharashtra on June 16, 2012.

People look at a bus that fell off a bridge in India’s northwestern state of Maharashtra on June 16, 2012.

At least 32 people have been killed and more than 20 others injured following an incident during which a bus plunged off a bridge in India's western state of Maharashtra. The accident occurred at 2:40 a.m. local time on Saturday (2110 GMT on Friday) when the bus fell off a river bridge on the outskirts of Osmanabad town - located some 1168 kilometers (726 miles) south of India's capital, New Delhi. The ill-fated victims, who were Hindu pilgrims hailing from Hyderabad, were returning home after a pilgrimage to a temple in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The injured have been shifted to Solapur civil hospital. The deceased are yet to be identified. India has the highest annual road death toll in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Most of the road accidents are blamed on reckless driving, old vehicles and poorly maintained roads. MP/MF/HJL
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