A bus plunged off a mountain road in Afghanistan's Hindu Kush mountains Wednesday, catching fire and leaving as many as 35 people dead, though authorities were still pulling burned bodies from the wreckage. Dr. Sanim Rasouli, health director in Baghlan province, says the bus picked up speed, struck other vehicles and then plunged off a road near the Salang Pass, a major route through the mountains about 70 miles (115 kilometers) north of the capital, Kabul. "The bus failed to brake and hit several other small vehicles on its way down a hill," Rasouli said, adding that the brakes might not have been working.