At least 23 people were killed Friday and 60 injured when a bus and an army vehicle plunged into gorges in two separate accidents in Indian-held Kashmir , police said. The driver of the passenger bus failed to negotiate a sharp curve, a police spokesman said, and the bus fell into a 350-metre (1,150-foot) deep gorge in the southern district of Reasi. "Seventeen passengers were killed and 55 others injured," the spokesman said, adding the bus was overcrowded. Two Indian Air Force helicopters were used to evacuate the dead and the injured from the mountainous area. In the neighbouring Rajouri district, five army soldiers were killed and six others injured when their vehicle skidded off a mountain road and rolled into a gorge, an army spokesman said. Bad roads, overcrowding and poor vehicle maintenance make road accidents common in the Himalayan region.