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In less than 24 hours after a group of people died in Himachal Pradesh, a road accident in Kinnaur district reportedly killed 13 people on Saturday when the car in which they were travelling fell into a gorge. The group was on its way back from a marriage.

As many as 14 people were in a Mahindra Bolero Camper, which fell into the gorge near Bhavnagar early on Saturday, Superintendent of Police Khushal Sharma told IANS. Of the 14 people, 12 died on the spot, while another succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital, he added.

"Thirteen people have died and one is injured. 10 of them were from one village," Surinder Mohan, a local police officer, told AFP. The vehicle had more excessive number of passengers, the police said.

Villagers near Bhavnagar had begun rescue operations before the police arrived. Eyewitnesses also added that state administration officials found it difficult to remove the bodies from the bus.

In another accident in the state, 17 people died and 23 were injured in Chamba district after a minibus they were travelling in fell into a gorge.

"Seven people died on the spot and the rest died on their way to and in the hospital. Many are critically injured," Ajay Parashar, a police officer, told AFP.

The bus was on its way from Sanghni to Dalhousie when the accident occurred, IANS reported.

More people die of road accidents than terrorism in India. According to 2014 Ministry of Road Transport and Highways data on road fatalities, 382 people die every day in India. According to South Asia Terrorism Review, 50 people have died in 2016 in terrorism related incidents.