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Meghalaya bus crash kills 10

By The Assam Tribune

SHILLONG, Jan 26 (IANS): Ten people were killed early on Tuesday when a bus proceeding towards Assam's Hailakandi district rolled down a hill in Meghalaya, police said.

Four women were among the 21 injured in the accident, Inspector General of Police G.H.P. Raju told IANS.

The accident happened at Tongseng in East Jaintia Hills district, about 150 km east of Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya.

The privately-owned bus was on its way from Guwahati in Assam to Hailakandi via Meghalaya. It set out on Monday night. It rolled down 100 metres into a gorge.

"We have retrieved 10 bodies. A search is on in the area. We fear some people are trapped inside the bus," Raju said.

He said the injured were rushed to the Silchar Medical College in Assam and the rest in nearby hospitals in the district.

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