updated 4/20/2006 5:47:57 AM ET 2006-04-20T09:47:57

A bus carrying wedding guests veered off a road and plunged into a lake Thursday in northeastern India, killing at least 47 people, police said.

Another 27 passengers were injured after the bus, packed with more than 80 people, crashed into the lake near the town of Sarupeta in Assam state, said Bipin Bargohain, a police official.

The passengers were headed for a wedding in Goumura, a village 100 miles west of Gauhati, Assam’s capital, when the driver lost control of the bus and swerved off the road, Bargohain said.

“The bus was pulled out by a crane and all 47 bodies found were trapped inside the bus,” he said.

Villagers, police and army soldiers were searching the lake for more bodies.

Anxious relatives of the dead and injured were searching hospitals in Sarupeta for their kin, the police officer said.

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