Himachal Pradesh: At least 28 killed as bus rolls down gorge

Local residents said the bus was a mangled heap after the accident, with bodies scattered over the mountain slope and the injured crying for help. They said it was extremely difficult to carry them back to the road.

By: Express News Service | Shimla | Updated: July 21, 2017 5:00 am
The private bus was on its way from Reckong Peo (Kinnaur) to Solan when it skidded off the road and rolled down into a gorge at Khanetri, 125 kms from Shimla.

Twenty-eight people died and eight others were injured when a private bus skidded off the road and fell into a 700-ft gorge at Khaneri near Rampur on the Hindustan-Tibet National Highway in Himachal Pradesh Thursday. The bus was on its way from Reckong Peo in Kinnaur to Nauni in Solan district. The accident was apparently caused when one of its tyres burst.

Local residents said the bus was a mangled heap after the accident, with bodies scattered over the mountain slope and the injured crying for help. They said it was extremely difficult to carry them back to the road. Shimla DC Rohan Chand Thakur said the rescue team included medical teams, police, Army and CISF personnel, besides Home Guards and fire personnel.

By the evening, rescue work was complete. The eight injured were rushed to hospital, four of them to IGMC Shimla.
Most of the deceased were from Kinnaur. Of the 28 who died were 18 men, nine women and a child. Twenty bodies have been identified and handed over to their families. Thakur said he had ordered Rampur sub-divisional magistrate Nipun Jindal to probe the mishap.

Family members of each deceased have been provided an instant relief of Rs 1 lakh by the state government.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Governor Acharya Devvrat expressed shock over the accident and asked local authorities to provide relief and medical care to the injured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through a tweet, conveyed his condolences to the victims’ families.

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    Sushant
    Jul 21, 2017 at 12:43 am
    With Corrupt Governments in power at Centre. The roads and highways are no longer safe under Nitin Gadkari as Union Minister.
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      rocky
      Jul 20, 2017 at 10:05 pm
      Avoid visiting Himachal and other hill states as a protest against poor roads and vehicle maintenance. Our citizens die regularly due to preventable accidents in these states and yet nothing is done to improve the infrastructure.
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        IslamForFoools
        Jul 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm
        All govt builds good roads and infrastructure in Kashmir because it is Muslim dominated but no one cares about road contidions in himachal because mostly Hindus die. I say stop funding Kashmir and us end money to other states where good people live.
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          BAAP
          Jul 20, 2017 at 1:31 pm
          Very sad news. To reduce and avoid such accidents, three things requires immediate changes 1) Stringent requirements to obtain a Driving License. 2) Stringent vehicle testing for renewing the registration. 3) Improve condition of the roads.
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          1. BAPTY.s Seshasayee
            Jul 20, 2017 at 11:52 am
            It is sad that Shri Gadkariji who is doing wonders building all over Bharath great infrastructure ,excellent highways ,is unable to provide a small select team of may be 10 Brainy Engineers who can quickly study the road situation going to hill stations and set it right. In such sharp corners or dangerous Curves in the gorge areas why not provide strong STELL or concrete culverts so that the buses cannot roll over. . It's sad in important states and best hill stations we have such accidents. Why not give proper training to Bus Drivers and then give them license. Don't allow unauthorised vehicles to ply in the hills ghat sections. Thank u.
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