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World Briefs

May 26, 2002


India: 60 wedding guests electrocuted on bus

At least 60 wedding guests were electrocuted Saturday when the bus they were in hit a high-voltage power wire in northern India, news reports said.

Two passengers who fell out of the bus survived, Press Trust of India news agency reported.

The accident happened in a village in the Bahraich district in Uttar Pradesh state, 280 miles east of New Delhi.

The bus roof was piled high with wedding guests' baggage, which snared with the overhead high-voltage wire. The wedding party was on its way to the bride's place. The fate of the bride and groom was not clear.

Mexico City: Bus crash kills 11 on Pacific Coast

A tour bus carrying oil workers and their families to a beach holiday slammed into a truck along a rural highway in southern Mexico on Saturday, killing 11 people and injuring at least 14 others.

The bus, hired as part of a beach trip organized by a local labor union for the state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, left the Pacific port city of Salina Cruz bound for the beach community of Santa Cruz Huatulco in a scarcely populated corner of Oaxaca state, 385 miles southeast of Mexico City.

Anotonio Carranza, a spokesman for authorities in the nearby city of Santo Domingo Tehuantepec, said the bus driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle around a sharp curve about half an hour into the 115-mile journey.

The bus careened into the lane of an oncoming truck, which was also speeding and unable to stop in time, Carranza said.

Tokyo: Radioactive leak shuts plant reactor

A radioactive water leak forced officials to shut down a nuclear reactor at a troubled power plant in Japan on Saturday, just one day after it was brought on line following a six-month closure triggered by similar problems.

About half a gallon of cooling water dripped from a pipe seam onto the floor in the No. 2 reactor at the Hamaoka plant before the problem was discovered, said Eichi Miyata, a spokesman at the Chubu Electric Power Co. He said the leak posed no danger to the outside environment or inspectors.

It was the third accident in less than a year at the plant in Shizuoka prefecture state, about 120 miles southeast of Tokyo.

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