updated 3/13/2007 7:07:50 AM ET 2007-03-13T11:07:50

A bus carrying a wedding party plunged into a gorge in mountainous northern India, killing at least 18 people and injuring another 28, according to a news report Tuesday.

The bus fell 600 feet Monday night after part of a highway where it was parked caved in, the Press Trust of India news agency quoted superintendent of police V.P. Singh as saying.

The accident occurred as some of the passengers were clearing boulders blocking the highway after rains triggered mudslides in Rudraprayag district, 155 miles northeast of New Delhi, Singh said.

Thirteen people died at the scene and five others died while being taken to a hospital, Singh said. The 28 survivors were hospitalized.

It was not immediately known whether the bride and groom were among the dead.

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