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At least 25 killed in wedding bus crash in India

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At least 25 killed in wedding bus crash in India

Vehicle plunges into pond, villagers pull six alive from water

A bus carrying people returning from a wedding party in India's northeastern state of Assam reportedly plunged into a large pond Monday night, leaving dozens of passengers dead.

Estimates for the number of dead range from 25 in a report by the Press Trust of India to 31 in Reuters. The casualty figures are reportedly from police.

Local magistrate S.K. Roy told the Associated Press that the bus was crossing a wooden bridge that collapsed and fell more than 15 feet into the water.

The accident occurred in Hajo in Charabari village, about 22 miles west of Assam's capital Guwahati. The bus was traveling from Guwahati to Kamrup district.

After the bus, carrying more than 40 people, fell into the pond, local villagers tried to save those trapped inside, Reuters states. Six people were pulled out alive and taken to a nearby hospital.

Police divers arrived at the scene Tuesday morning to search for more bodies.

Poor road conditions, reckless driving and untrained drivers make road accidents common in India. Reuters reports that reckless driving and untrained drivers cause about 5,000 accidents a year in Assam.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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