Bus crash kills 15 in India's Himachal Pradesh

A man walks on a snow-covered road after heavy snowfall in Shimla, India, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. Shimla received its heaviest snowfall in six years this month

At least 15 people have been killed after a passenger bus skidded off an icy road in India's northern Himachal Pradesh state, officials said.

The bus was on its way from Chopal to Dharchana town when it rolled down a hill side in Shimla district.

Officials said 23 passengers have been injured in the accident.

Shimla, a popular tourist resort, received its heaviest snowfall in six years this month. Many roads in the area are still under snow.

A local official said that the injured had been admitted to hospitals in the area after the incident late on Thursday.

Earlier this month, at least 10 children were killed in a school bus crash in the northern state of Haryana.

Twenty others were injured when the bus and a truck collided on the Saha-Shahbad road near Ambala town.

Police said visibility was poor amid a thick blanket of fog.

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