A bus carrying members of a local opera troupe crashed into a gorge in eastern India killing 27 people, police said Monday.
The accident took place in the hilly Deogarh district in Orissa state on Sunday night when the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn on the road, police said.
"The bus which was carrying 38 passengers fell down some 300 feet [91 metres], rolling down the hills and hitting the rocks. Most victims died on the scene," district police official DP Das said over the phone.
Eleven survivors were admitted to local hospitals where the condition of six was said to be serious. Local media reports said the victims included women and children but police did not confirm the details.
India has the highest number of traffic fatalities in the world. An average of 135,000 people die on the country’s roads each year, according to government data.