Poonch district, Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: Sawerkar Sharma via Wikipedia

A bus plunged 70 meters down a gorge in southern Jammu and Kashmir state on Saturday, killing at least 13 people, Indian police said.

The bus carrying 26 passengers had been negotiating a sharp turn on a narrow road in the mountains of Poonch, some 200 kilometers south of Srinagar, Senior Superintendent of Police Rajiv Pandey said.

“Thirteen died in the accident and the rest were injured,” Pandey told AFP, adding that three critically injured passengers were evacuated by air to a hospital in the city of Jammu.

Careless driving and bad, narrow and winding roads in the mountainous territory cause frequent accidents, with passenger vehicles often slipping into deep gorges.

In India an average of 150,000 people die in road accidents each year, AFP said.

– with reporting by Agence France-Presse