At least 22 people were killed in India when a bus transporting Indian pilgrims deviated in a mountainous region in the north of the country, according to security officials.
According to Indian police, the incident occurred in a remote region of the state of Uttarakhand on Sunday, June 5. The bus was carrying 30 people, including the driver, according to officials.
According to Agence France Presse, which cited an Uttarakhand police official, the injured were transferred to hospitals, with the most of them in critical condition, and the death toll is expected to rise.
Rescuers are still looking for one of the passengers who has gone missing, according to the police.
The incident was described as “extremely tragic” by Indian Home Affairs Minister Amit Anil Chandhra Shah, who said he had been in contact with local officials and was aware of relief operations in the area.
Uttarakhand, India, is home to a number of Hindu sacred sites, and millions of Indian pilgrims visit each year.
Uttarakhand roads, on the other hand, are regarded as the most perilous and dangerous network of transportation in the Himalayas.
According to official Indian government statistics, over 150,000 people die each year in traffic accidents.