Bus crash in western India kills 27
The mangled interior of a bus is pictured after it was pulled out of a canal at Fatehgarh Sahib Sirhind near Patiala, India on July 31, 2013
"The driver lost control after a tempo (three-wheeled vehicle] rammed into the bus along a sharp turn, causing it to fall into a 250-foot (80-metre) valley," local policeman Sangram Singh Nishandar told AFP.
The accident happened near a popular picnic spot in the Thane district of Maharashtra state, 160 kilometres (100 miles) northeast of Mumbai.
Around 140,000 people were killed in Indian road accidents in 2012 -- which works out to 16 an hour -- according to the government's National Crime Records Bureau.
Bad roads, speeding vehicles and poor driving were among the contributing factors.
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