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Bus with Russians falls into Indian river, 2 dead

NEW DELHI (AP) — A bus carrying 14 Russian tourists fell into a mountain river in northern India on Tuesday, killing at least two people, police said.

The bus had been taking the tourists to the Hindu temple town of Gangotri when it fell off a mountain road and plunged into the Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand state, a police officer in the state capital of Dehradun said on customary condition of anonymity.

At least two people were killed in the accident near the village of Dharali. A third person was missing and believed to have been swept downstream, police said. Eleven injured tourists were taken by helicopter to a hospital in Dehradun. Their conditions were unclear.

Representatives of the Russian Embassy were traveling from New Delhi to Dehradun, 240 kilometers (150 miles) to the north. India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

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