Bus Crash Kills Groom, 27 Others

India accident kills members of wedding party
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 31, 2011 11:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – A would-be groom and several relatives going to a wedding were among the 28 people killed when a wooden bridge collapsed yesterday and sent a bus crashing into a lake in India's remote northeast, officials said today. The bus fell 15 feet into the water and sank with the wedding party trapped inside, an Indian district magistrate said. The dead included the groom, his father, two sisters, an aunt and uncle, and the best man, authorities said. The bride was not aboard the bus.

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India has the highest annual road death toll in the world, according to the World Health Organization. More than 110,000 people die annually nationwide in road accidents, according to police figures. The majority of accidents are caused by bad roads, speeding, and poor vehicle maintenance. (Read more India stories.)

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