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A man was rushed to a hospital after the bus he was traveling in skidded off a mountain road and into a gorge on Sunday in Kashmir, in northern India.

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NEW DELHI — At least 17 Hindu pilgrims died on Sunday in Kashmir, in northern India, when their bus plummeted 100 feet down a gorge, coming to rest in a boulder-strewn stream, the police in Kashmir said.

The pilgrims were on their way to the Amarnath cave in Kashmir, where ice forms a column considered to be a symbol of the Hindu god Shiva. The bus carrying the pilgrims slid off the road as it rounded a narrow bend and began to roll, according to local news reports.

Sixteen people were killed at the scene, and another died after being taken to a hospital, the police said. Another 28 people on the bus were hospitalized, many of them with serious injuries, according to a statement issued by the police. Video on Indian television showed local residents, police officers and soldiers forming a human chain to pull injured pilgrims out of the gorge.

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A victim of the bus accident was transported to a hospital in Jammu, India. The state transport corporation, which owns the bus that crashed, ordered an inquiry into the cause of the accident.

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When rescuers scrambled to the bottom of the gorge, they had no pathway to carry the victims back up, said Mohammed Afzal Wani, the police inspector in Banihal, where the accident took place. He said many of the injured were hoisted out with ropes.