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.
Image caption 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.