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Overcrowded bus carrying Hindu pilgrims to temple in east India crashes into ditch, killing 13

INDIA OUT - In this Friday, April 10, 2015 photo, relatives of victims of a bus accident weep at a hospital in Burdwan district in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Police were searching Saturday for the driver of an overcrowded bus that skidded into a ditch in eastern India, killing more than a dozen and leaving many more injured. The bus, which normally seats 54, had been so crowded with Hindu pilgrims that some were sitting on the roof, police said. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India)

INDIA OUT - In this Friday, April 10, 2015 photo, relatives of victims of a bus accident weep at a hospital in Burdwan district in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Police were searching Saturday for the driver of an overcrowded bus that skidded into a ditch in eastern India, killing more than a dozen and leaving many more injured. The bus, which normally seats 54, had been so crowded with Hindu pilgrims that some were sitting on the roof, police said. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India)  (The Associated Press)

A bus overcrowded with Hindu pilgrims skidded into a ditch in eastern India, killing 13 passengers including two children and leaving 43 injured.

Police are searching Saturday for the driver and his assistant who fled the scene, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of West Bengal's state capital of Kolkata.

Superintendent Kunal Agarwal says initial reports suggest the driver was drunk and traveling at high speed when he tried to take a steep turn Friday morning and crashed.

Police say the 54-seater bus was so full that some passengers were sitting on the roof. They were traveling from Burdwan to a Hindu temple in Mayapur, where they planned to offer prayers to the Hindu god Krisha and swim in the Ganges River.