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NEW DEHLI - At least 28 people were killed after a bus plunged off a highway Monday night in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, reports BBC.

The bus fell into a 500-foot-deep gorge in the Kangra valley, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) from the state capital, Shimla.

Five people were injured and taken to hospital, according deputy commissioner KR Bharti.

The 42-seat vehicle ferrying passengers from the towns of Palampur to Asha Puri, was overcrowded when it fell down a cliff, witnesses said.

A similar crash took place Monday evening across the border in western Nepal, leaving at least 27 people dead, reports Times of India.

The driver lost control of the vehicle on a sharp bend on the Karnali Highway, the road which joins the towns of Jumla, the Karnali capital to Surkhet.

The incident took place about 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu.

Accidents are still all too common on Nepalese mountain roads. On Sunday, a speeding bus plunged off a mountain road in central Nepal, killing 13 people.

In July, 38 pilgrims were killed when an overcrowded bus fell off into a deep river in the southwest of the country.

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