NEW DELHI (May 8, 2013)--A crowded bus plunged into a river in a mountainous region in northern India killing at least 38, an official said.
Sharab Negi, a district administrator, says that 23 injured people, two of them in serious condition, were rescued and were taken to hospital.
The accident occurred near Kullu, a hill resort in Himachal Pradesh state, 340 miles north of New Delhi.
Rescuers found 38 bodies.
Three more people were feared to have been swept away by the water's strong current.
The accident's cause was not immediately known.
The bus fell nearly 150 feet deep into the river, Negi said.
India has the world's deadliest roads.
More than 110,000 people are killed annually.
Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.